New Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he is described by those who know him as someone of intellect and capability. Photograph: Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s appointment of Julian Smith as the new Northern Secretary earned a speedy and predictably jaundiced response from Sinn Féin Assembly m(...)

Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan is seeking €220,000 for this five-bedroom bungalow in Ballycunnen, Drumline, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare. France, Auver(...)

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Gafcon should either desist from its destructive practices or have the integrity to walk away from the Anglicanism it rejects and form its own independent church. Photograph: Getty Images

The Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) was initiated in 2008 as a conservative reaction to a partnered gay priest in the US Episcopal (Anglica(...)

Under the judicial council system proposed for Ireland, every inquiry would be held in private, bar in exceptional circumstances. Photograph: iStockPhoto

The proposal to set up a judicial council comes following pressure from the Council of Europe, which has long called for an independent body with a co(...)

The American Academy of Periodontology on Tuesday acknowledged that most of the current evidence on flossing fell short because researchers had not been able to include enough participants or ‘examine gum health over a significant amount of time’.  Photograph: Getty Images

For decades health authorities and dentists have insisted that daily flossing is necessary to prevent cavities and gums so diseased that your teeth fa(...)