Knockdrin: the 19th-century neo-Gothic house sits on more than 400ha (1,000ac) near Mullingar

Given the disaster that was country-estate sales last year, it’s no surprise that January has brought with it a substantial price drop for the Co West(...)

Former DCU president Ferdinand Von Prondzynski has been at the centre of a conflict of interest row at a Scottish university. Photo: Matt Kavanagh

The former president of Dublin City University is at the centre of conflict-of-interest row at a Scottish university after his business partner was ap(...)

Knockdrin Castle, Co Westmeath

The Westmeath family home of former DCU president Ferdinand von Prondzynski has been placed for sale on the international market seeking €13.5 million(...)

’Ireland top universities have been sliding down global rankings due largely to issues linked to long-term underfunding, worsening staff to student ratios and greatly diminished capacity for research.’ File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

In much the same way as credit rating agencies downgraded the Irish economy in recent years, it’s easy to take issue with the private firms who compi(...)

A report by the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration accuses major public health bodies of colluding with the food industry. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Urging people to follow low fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having “disastrous health consequences”, a health charity has warned. In a (...)

Donald Trump has sparked plenty of discussion since his controversial bid for the US presidency began last year. But for the first time the debate abo(...)

Missing student Karen Buckley (24) is one of about 2,000 Irish students who travel to the UK to attend university each year

University of Limerick graduate Karen Buckley (24) is one of about 2,000 Irish students who choose to move to the UK each year to further their educat(...)

Writing in the journal Open Heart, leading US cardiovascular research scientist Dr James DiNicolantonio said a “compelling argument can be made for the general lack of evidence in support of a low-fat diet”. Advising people to replace saturated fat with carbohydrates or omega 6 polyunsaturated fats was not supported by scientific research, he said. Photograph: Wojciech Pacewicz/EPA

Diets low in saturated fat do not prevent heart disease or improve health and instead public health warnings need to be issued over sugar, a le(...)

Ferdinand Von Prondzynski. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

A significant change occurred in Irish higher education during the time I was president of Dublin City University. Some time around 2009, the (...)