Forthcoming legislation is expected to oblige water companies to monitor the levels of microplastics in drinking water. File photograph: iStock

The impact of plastic pollution in our oceans, on our coastlines, in our soils and ultimately in our food and water has become a hot topic for enviro(...)

The Irish Government’s involvement with the Northern Ireland centenary will be the funding of a major conference in Queen’s University Belfast.

It was a year in which one political entity was created, Northern Ireland, and another, the Irish Free State, was negotiated into being. It was also (...)

 10,000 men, women and children take part in the 9th annual Great Pink Run raising over €600,000 to support Breast Cancer Ireland’s metastatic research. Photograph: Alan Betson /

Prof Arnie Hill, breast cancer surgeon and head of the medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons for Ireland, jokes that many women with breast (...)

“It is expected this breakthrough will. . . lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatments for people with certain brain disorders,” says Dr Vijay Tiwari at Queen’s University Belfast.

Earlier diagnosis and better treatments for people with depression and certain brain disorders may be possible following a research breakthrough invol(...)

Maj Gen PA Mulcahy chief of Staff, Gen Sean MacEoin TD, minister for defence and Col AT Lawlor OC, Curragh Training Camp, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

County: Longford Incident: Clonfin ambush Date: February 2nd 1921 Fatalities: 4 Gen Seán Mac Eoin, known as the ‘Blacksmith of Ballinalee’, was widel(...)

AS many as four referendums could be required to bring about a united Ireland. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A united Ireland could necessitate at least three referendums and possibly four, constitutional experts have said. A working unit has been set up co(...)

The  data shows the importance of migration as, without the Vikings, the population decline could have been much worse, according to the researchers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland’s population was in “serious decline” before the arrival of the Vikings, new research suggests. It had been assumed that the Irish population(...)

Lord Paul Bew said: “A new, modern case for the union must be developed, based on the principle of consent.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The new British prime minister must make the case for the United Kingdom with a positive vision to counter the nationalist narrative, a prominent hist(...)

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast, which trained priests mainly for the Down and Connor diocese, is to close after 185 years. From September next its(...)

PSNI chief inspector Robert Murdie said antisocial behaviour in the city on St Patrick’s Day   will not be tolerated this year

Debate rages as to whether the south Belfast area densely populated by students is called the Holyland or the Holylands, but what is unanimously agre(...)

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