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Tipperary born, groundbreaking scientist John Desmond Bernal Photograph: National Portrait Gallery, London

John Desmond Bernal’s pioneering use of X-ray crystallography led to him becoming a founding father of molecular biology. He published widely on the h(...)

 People wave rainbow flags in front of the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich in show of support for Pride. Photograph: Philipp Guelland

Under international pressure over an anti-gay law, Hungary’s hard-right prime minister Viktor Orban made a bid to pitch his ideas directly to European(...)

Joyce McSharry holding a photograph of her with her birth mother. Photograph : Laura Hutton

generations of people who were put through Ireland’s murky adoption system for children of unmarried mothers continue to battle for their identity.(...)

While experts broadly agree that plug-in vehicles are a more climate-friendly option than traditional vehicles, they can still have their own environmental impacts, depending on how they’re charged up and manufactured. Illustration: The New York Times

Around the world, governments and carmakers are promoting electric vehicles as a key technology to curb oil use and fight climate change. General Moto(...)

The report found there was ‘no real opposition to climate action; just opposition to lives being made more difficult’. Photograph: iStock

People care more about local development than climate action, so getting buy-in on decarbonising society will only be achieved by dialogue, community (...)

With increased levels of borrowing required to support the fiscal impact and response to Covid-19, gross general government debt exceeded the peak of €218bn  in the third quarter of 2013

The Government generated a budget deficit – the difference between what it spends and what it takes in in taxes – of €6.2 billion in the second quarte(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe was unanimously elected as chair of the EBRD. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe was unanimously elected on Thursday as chair of the board of governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction an(...)

John Berrigan: the Republic’s top EU civil servant, says the Covid-19 crisis will leave ‘deep scars and irreparable damage’ to Europe’s economy.

The Republic’s top EU civil servant has warned that the union’s fiscal and state aid rules will not be suspended indefinitely. EU member states colle(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen during a press conference on Friday to present the economic response to the Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Union will boost spending on coronavirus-hit sectors of the economy, it said on Friday, also clearing member nations to run bigger defici(...)

The pupils of Kildare Place School sing Christmas carols at the 2019 Black Santa sit-out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin which raised €45,000 for charity. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

A record € 45,000 was donated to the 2019 Black Santa Appeal last Christmas at St Ann’s Church on Dublin’s Dawson Street. Vicar of St Ann’s, Canon Dav(...)

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