A file image of a 10-week-old baby girl being bottle fed. Photograph:   Getty Images

Bottle-fed babies swallow ‘millions of microplastic particles’ – should we be worried? The headlines are scary but the research by Irish scientists w(...)

A Garda checkpoint mounted as part of Operation Fanacht on the M4 between Leixlip and Maynooth  this month.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Dáil is set to sit for an extra day this week in order to give more time to debate extending extraordinary powers given to the State during the Co(...)

‘You need to enforce the rules.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Too many contacts. That is why Level 3 did not work, experts say, and why more severe public restrictions being set by the Government will not work ei(...)

Amber and Trinity researchers involved in the groundbreaking research on microplastics produced from infant feeding bottles. From left to right: Prof John Boland; Dr Jing Jing Wang, Prof Liwen Xiao, Dr Dunzhu Li, Dr Yunhong Shi and Dr Luming Yang.

High levels of microplastics are released from infant-feeding bottles during formula preparation and when they are being sterilised, researchers at Tr(...)

We know people with mental illness are less likely to access healthcare and public health advice. But the statistic in this US study are seismic. Photograph: iStock

The novel coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2, has brought us on many unexpected journeys. In narrow medical terms, loss of taste and smell, inflammation of the h(...)

According to Daft, there were fewer than 18,000 residential properties for sale in the Republic on October 1st, down by a third on the same date last year. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The stock of houses available to buy has hit a 14-year low as asking prices once again started to surge over the summer, according to industry researc(...)

Prof Luke O’Neill, a biochemist at Trinity College Dublin, suggested the data coming from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is very promising. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Epidemiologist Professor Luke O’Neill has said he is confident a vaccine for Covid-19 will be available by the end of the year. Prof O’Neill, a bioc(...)

Lot 152, a bronze death mask of James Joyce (€1,500–€2,000).

From pikes and pistols to sundials and sextants, there is quite a selection of historic artefacts in Mullen’s of Laurel Park sale, taking place live a(...)

The vast majority of primary school principals feel overwhelmed by the scale of extra tasks and challenges linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new study. Photograph: iStock

The vast majority of primary school principals feel overwhelmed by the scale of extra tasks and challenges linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, according (...)

Trinity College Dublin Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast and law student Anna Grace in the college’s front square. Posters for clubs and societies have replaced stalls for Freshers’ Week this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s Freshers’ Week at Trinity College Dublin and a cold wind rattles through the empty front square. The only telltale sign a new academic year is u(...)

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