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Declining birth rates are no longer confined to the western world. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

The conventional projection by the UN is that world population, currently 7.7 billion, will increase to 11.2 billion in 2100, then stabilise before sl(...)

Since 1970, there has been an average decline of 60 per cent in populations of birds, mammals, fish and amphibians. In people terms, that’s equivalent to the populations of Africa, Europe, China, Oceania and both the Americas Photograph: Tilo Nadler/Conservation International/PA Wire

It has been a depressing month to be a human, and I’m not just talking about the political eutrophication to the east and west of our shores. The Worl(...)

The European Commission has proposed ending the biannual clock changes across the EU. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has confirmed it will carry out a public consultation on whether the State should end the practice of changing the clocks in spring and(...)

Pope Francis arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

The referendum last Friday confirmed what has been known for some time – that the Catholic Church and Ireland have grown apart. Clearly, many practisi(...)

Tourists sailing near the island of Boracay in the Philippines. Irish residents spent a total of €6,891 million on outbound trips last year. Photograph: Charlie Saceda/Reuters.

The number of Irish people who took overseas trips increased by almost 7 per cent last year with the total spend outside the country put at almost €7 (...)

Renewed appetite for butter has been aided by shifting consumer views on health attributes. Photograph: iStock

Europeans are eating so much butter that the bloc’s stockpiles are nearly empty, adding to a rush of demand that has sent global prices skyrocketing. (...)

Archbishop Thomas White was only the second Irish man in the history of the Catholic Church to have served as a Papal Nuncio in a country where he did not already hold a bishopric.

Archbishop Thomas White, who has died aged 85, had a long and distinguished career in the Vatican diplomatic corps and served in Africa, Asia, the Ame(...)

Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  Photograph: EPA

The death has taken place of Archbishop Thomas White (85), a priest of Ossory diocese who had one of the most varied careers an Irishman has had with (...)

No palm tree left unclimbed: Like a Fianna Fáil politician seeking the last vote up a mountain boreen, diplomats canvassed every remote corner of the oceans from the Comoros to Vanuatu. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The trigger has been pulled and the tortuous journey has begun. The diplomatic corps has been reshuffled. Experienced ambassadors have been assigned t(...)

Pier jumping in Creevy Co Donegal. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There were almost a quarter of a million extra trips made to Ireland between December and February this year compared to the same period last year, ac(...)

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