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Swift populations are free falling; in the last 15 years, they’ve gone down by 46 per cent. ‘My notebook goes back 40 years,’ says bird expert Eric Dempsey. ‘Their decline has been very dramatic.’

Last summer, ornithologist Will Hayes of Birdwatch Ireland spent four months walking the streets of Tipperary’s towns and villages in search of swift (...)

 Emergency services at the scene of a tourist bus crash in Canico, Santa Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal, on Wednesday. Photograph: Homem Gouveia/EPA

A bus carrying tourists in Madeira has crashed killing 28 people, an official has said. Local mayor Filipe Sousa told a Portuguese news channel the v(...)

Greek bond yields hit the lowest level in nearly 14 years, highlighting a comeback for the country that was the focal point of a debt crisis which crippled the eurozone a decade ago

Greek bond yields hit the lowest level in nearly 14 years, highlighting a comeback for the country that was the focal point of a debt crisis which cri(...)

Students take part in a strike for action on climate change: Ireland has been singled out for its ‘lack of focus’ on  targets. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A national climate change plan submitted by the Government to the European Commission is “way off track” in meeting targets, according the EU’s leadin(...)

In 2018, Amazon Web Services was a $25.6 billion dollar revenue company, and its technology supports some of the biggest businesses in the world. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images

“This what I tell all my clients.” Werner Vogels is holding up a T-shirt that reads: “Encrypt everything”. Amazon’s chief technology officer and vice(...)

The rag-top BMW 8 Series is ever so slightly more fun to drive than the hard-top, despite being slightly longer and heavier

BMW has been banging the sports car drum when it comes to its super-stretched 8 Series. The Bavarians reckon the long lozenge-shaped cruiser is a prop(...)

Madonna: she will reach more than 180 million viewers when she takes to the stage in Tel Aviv on May 18th. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Pop superstar Madonna will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel next month. The singer is expected to take to the stage in Tel Aviv on May(...)

Dublin Theatre Festival: Willie White, surrounded by actors, at the launch of the 2018 event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin Theatre Festival wants its audiences to get involved behind the scenes by choosing a play for this year’s event. The festival is looking for p(...)

Bedlinen from Piubelle, made in Portugal. But what is thread count, you ask. It’s the measure of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch. Is it important? “Thread counts are a fad,” says Lisa Duffin of Bottom Drawer in Brown Thomas

Buying bedlinen has become a numbers game with brands trumpeting the high thread count of their sheets and duvet covers in ever higher numbers – 300! (...)

Martina Cox pictured with her husband Sean Cox at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph supplied by family.

I’m in the front room of Sean Cox’s house, sitting with his wife, Martina, on the grey curved sofa that he designed. Opposite us is the large flatscre(...)

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