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Mussels are delicious and easy to cook. Photograph: iStock

Summer always makes me yearn for shellfish, even if rain dominates the Irish skyline. There’s something about sitting down to a bowl of steamed mussel(...)

Patients attend the Remote Area Medical Clinic which treats the poorest in America, those squeezed out by ‘the punishing health system’. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

It’s shortly after 5.30am on Saturday morning and on the outskirts of the small town of Emporia in rural Virginia, it is still the black of night. Ou(...)

Candida auris is an emerging multidrug-resistant fungus. Image: iStock

Of the three main groups of microorganisms, which do you think would be the most enjoyable to share a night out with? Why, fungi, of course. Bad joke(...)

Bernard Sumner: ‘I was 17 and worked in a general office, thinking, ‘Jesus, to quote a Peggy Lee song, is this all there is?’. Photograph: Warren Jackson

It’s been a disappointing summer, but the sun is shining and New Order are back in town. Speaking of sunshine, their singer, Bernard Sumner, in his 20(...)

The Taoiseach said Ireland has to avoid becoming a country that is against free trade. File photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The Government must be careful not to bow to beef farmers’ wishes to thwart the Mercosur trade deal, only to prejudice access to more important market(...)

Brazil’s agriculture minister Tereza Cristinao: ‘There isn’t an agreement where only one side wins.’ Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

For Brazilian beef farmer Jonatan Pereira Barbosa the draft trade agreement between the European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc in South America is(...)

Pulitzer Prize-winning American Poet Laureate Robert Frost: Derry was where Frost wrote much of his early work

Like me, you may have been labouring under the misapprehension that potatoes were first introduced to Ireland from North America, and that Walter Rale(...)

Opening up EU markets to beef from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay was apparently a sweetener that got agreement after 20 years of negotiations over the line. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

The trade deal between the EU and Mercosur countries in South America is noteworthy for its scale and timing. It creates a market straddling the Atlan(...)

The trade deal between the EU and South America’s Mercosur trade bloc has been greeted with anger by Irish beef farmers. File photograph: David Moir/Reuters

The trade deal between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur trade bloc has been greeted with anger by Irish beef farmers, but there has bee(...)

This trade agreement will have a huge impact on prices, at a time when beef farmers here are already to the pin of their collars. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What is the Mercosur deal? It is a trade agreement that will see, among other things, 99,000 tonnes of South American beef allowed into the European (...)

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