Jacob Rees-Mogg: his book on 12 Victorians   is described  as “a dozen clumsily written pompous schoolboy compositions”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Let’s hope that Jacob Rees-Mogg is keeping his chin – such as it is – up after last week’s critical reaction to his new book. The archest of arch-Brex(...)

Salt may not be as damaging to health as is usually claimed, according to a controversial new study which suggests campaigns to persuade people to cut(...)

Salt warnings should be compulsory for Chinese takeaways and ready meals, health campaigners have said.

Chinese takeaways and ready meals should carry compulsory health warning labels on menus and packaging to alert consumers to “astonishing and harmful”(...)

Prof Peter Hajek: ‘Concerns were expressed that e-cigarettes could be as addictive as conventional cigarettes, but this was not the case.’ Photograph: iStock

Two-thirds of people who try a cigarette go on to become daily smokers, a new study has found. Researchers found 69 per cent of people who had ever t(...)

If Fianna Fáil does not take a position, the public’s perception of the party will be shaped by what Micheál Martin himself does.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just before the Fianna Fáil ardfheis passed a motion effectively calling for the Eighth Amendment to be retained, delegates were warned about finding (...)

Ógra Fianna Fáil stand at the party’s ardfheis, in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

If there was ever a doubt that Fianna Fáil wanted Leo Varadkar to win the Fine Gael leadership contest, this ardfheis has provided the conclusive answ(...)

Prof Foster said the teaching of Irish history is in an “excellent place” as evidenced by the commemorations of 2016. Photograph: Ianthe Ruthven

For close on half a century Prof Roy Foster has been one of the most significant figures in Irish academia. He is the author of the two volume serie(...)

Eva Johanna Holmberg: was told she had a month to leave the  UK by the British home office. Photograph: Queen Mary University of London

The British home office has apologised after it mistakenly sent up to 100 letters to EU nationals living in the UK ordering them to leave the country (...)

High levels of sugar consumption during pregnancy doubled the chances of a child developing allergic asthma, according to a UK study. Photograph: iStock

High levels of sugar consumption during pregnancy doubled the chances of a child developing allergic asthma, according to a UK study of almost 9,000 m(...)

Bumblebees new to this insect premiership can be taught the trick using a demonstrator bee that already knows how to get the reward. Photograph: Getty Images

Match of the day will never be the same. Scientists have taught bumblebees how to score goals in order to win a reward. The bees are happy to coopera(...)

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