‘When a Covid-19 vaccine emerges, the mother of all marketing and reassurance jobs will be required.’ File photograph: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

In the winter of 1967 as foot and mouth disease ravaged animal herds in the border region of Wales and England, Ireland trembled in fear. To keep out(...)

‘Loneliness and isolation are probably the main issues. We know that families are very important for people with mental health problems.’ Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 doesn’t just make people physically ill. It has also led to higher levels of anxiety and mental illness across Ireland. Combating it is no(...)

Anna Burns: “To go from being a wee girl haggling over library cards with my siblings, my friends, neighbours, my parents and my aunt, to be standing here today receiving this award is phenomenal for me.” Photograph: Eleni Stefanou

Irish author Anna Burns has won this year’s International Dublin Literary Award for her novel, Milkman. Set in Troubles-era Belfast, Milkman has alr(...)

A nurse takes a sample from a man’s throat to test for coronavirus. Photograph:   Peter Komka/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

There can be few people who like having a swab pushed up their nose to get a test for the Covid-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2. Wouldn’t it be easier if we coul(...)

Next time you’re out in the woods admire the complex chemistry that trees employ to maintain themselves over decades of stress and attack. Photograph:  Eric Luke

This year more than ever there is a sense that we are facing into a long and bleak winter. Before we get there though nature has a treat in store – th(...)

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(...)

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