Gina Haspel: will attend her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Gina Haspel, US president Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, faces a key Senate hearing on Wednesday as she continues to battle questions about (...)

The Irish Underwater Council, representing some 2,000 divers, says its members had to cancel all planned dives in Dublin Bay this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Divers have said they have abandoned the use of Dublin Bay because of the poor of visibility in the water following dredging by Dublin Port Company. (...)

A judge has described as extraordinary the fact that almost two thirds of a Co Cork town’s raw sewage is still being pumped directly into a harbour. Image: iStock.

A judge has described as extraordinary the fact that almost two thirds of a Co Cork town’s raw sewage is still being pumped directly into the local ha(...)

A Spotted Ray (Raja montagui) eggcase sighted on Carratigue Beach in Co Mayo. This is one of Ireland’s more common species of egg-laying skate

There’s a buzz around citizen science at the moment with growing numbers of people keen to report on the presence or absence of everything from fish t(...)

Military footing: Donald Trump salutes coastguards shortly after firing FBI head James Comey. Photograph: Getty

From the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency there has been a question: when he runs out of phoney wars will he have to start a real one? President(...)

Poolbeg incinerator in  Ringsend. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The operator of the Poolbeg incinerator has been fined €1,000 and ordered to pay €14,000 in costs after a “glitch” led to breaking its environmental p(...)

Production still from Gareth Kennedy’s Post Colony: a boat brings a traditional charcoal kiln across the lake to their work site in Killarney National park. Photograph: Brian Cregan

You might easily think that the names of the two template image shapes on smartphone cameras – portrait and landscape – were coined for the digital er(...)

Karen O’Donohue and Michael Kelly compare their  day of harvest to the thrill of Christmas morning

Life is like the earth – you only get out of it what you put into it. In Grow, Cook, Eat (RTÉ One, Wednesday, 7.30pm) – a show that rhapsodises the pr(...)

Ireland by night as seen from the window of the International Space Station.

Our modern society depends on light in many forms; from high intensity natural daylight and artificial lighting, to the glow of TV screens, computers,(...)

Ian Mulligan from Dublin with his record-breaking Rosscarbery golden grey mullet.

The annual report of the Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) for 2017 once again makes for splendid reading. Founded in 1955, the report sets out to(...)

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