The first education policy for the Gaeltacht provide an opportunity to refocus State policy on the crisis of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It has been something of a wait: the first education policy for the Gaeltacht (2017-2022) was recently published by the Department of Education and Sk(...)

Prof Dervilla Donnelly: “I couldn’t believe it [news of the award], but it slowly sunk in and I am so honoured.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Next month, Irish chemist Prof Dervilla Donnelly will become the first woman to receive the highest honour that the Royal Irish Academy can bestow. O(...)

Dr Turlough Downes. Photograph: David Sleator

You are interested in how stars form – how do you look at that? “Stars form within really massive clouds of dust and plasma (a type of ionised gas) i(...)

“The policy consensus on climate change in Ireland is very shallow.” Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

The Paris climate agreement has been hailed as a major step towards tackling rising global temperatures. But achieving its relatively modest targets r(...)

The Committee on the Irish Language, Gaeltacht and the Islands was told of the State’s inaction on the language. Photograph: The Irish Times

A leading academic has warned of the death of the Gaeltacht within the next decade due to current Government strategy. Dr Brian Ó Curnáin of the Dubl(...)

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 trip to the moon in 1969. Astronauts on the Apollo missions to the moon have been found to have much higher rates of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. File photograph: Nasa via Reuters

Researchers have uncovered unexpected dangers for those brave enough to fly into space. Astronauts on the Apollo missions to the moon have been foun(...)

Artist’s impression of the Juno satellite on its way to Jupiter

The planet Jupiter might be the second-biggest object in our solar system but we know surprisingly little about this strange, inhospitable world. W(...)

The Astro-H satellite  after a perfect launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre. Contact has been lost with the satellite.

A satellite mission that had significant involvement from researchers in Dublin has failed after its solar panels broke, cutting off its electricity s(...)

An Gaeltacht sign near Claregalway, Co Galway. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Our national approach to Irish as a spoken language is in urgent need of a rethink. Given the pending demise of the Gaeltacht, the status quo is clea(...)

EO Wilson and Richard Dawkins: had a disagreement about evolution

Academic spats make great spectator sport. Take the evolutionarily sparring contest between Richard Dawkins and EO Wilson, which centres on how natur(...)

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