The Seanad chamber at Leinster House. The electorate is currently confined to TDs, Senators, councillors and graduates of Trinity College, Dublin, and the National University of Ireland

Turnout in elections to a reformed Seanad – which will give the vote to every citizen, as well as Irish passport-holders abroad and in Northern Irelan(...)

Fanny Binder, mother of Sean, says her ‘heart is full of love’ following the release of her son from jail in Greece. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Amnesty International has welcomed the news that a charity worker from Ireland, who was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of human trafficking i(...)

Fr Tony Coote Tony and his many supporters have so far raised more than €500,000 for MND – more than twice his original targer: Photograph: Dave Meehan

Last April, Fr Tony Coote, a 54-year-old priest from the parish of Mount Merrion in Dublin vowed to me he would arrange a 550km walk from Donegal to B(...)

One source of randomness is atmospheric noise, the “static” generated by lightning discharges. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

Randomness is a slippery concept, defying precise definition. A simple example of a random series is provided by repeatedly tossing a coin. Assigning (...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald at Stormont before her meeting with Theresa May. Photograph: Pacemaker

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has said she does not understand how other parties cannot accept that her party will never take its seats at Wes(...)

Philip Lane: three years into the job as Central Bank governor this month, he may soon become the shortest-ever holder of the position. Photograph: Tom Honan

It was the year Ronald Reagan was sworn in for a second term as US president, Bruce Springsteen’s album Born in the USA topped the charts, and more th(...)

Prof George Huxley: “There is a curious madness about [Brexit] which is very, very alarming”

An 86-year-old English classics professor with strong ties to Irish universities has become an Irish citizen because he is “intensely upset about Brex(...)

The findings come from  the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing study, which has been tracking more than 8,000 over-50s for the past seven years. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Older Irish people’s quality of life increases with age and peaks at 68, before starting to decline gradually, according to new research. Social fact(...)

A review of teacher education reforms commissioned by the Higher Education Authority notes that primary teaching applicants were drawn from the top 12.5 per cent of Leaving Cert students in 2011. Photograph: iStock

The academic calibre of trainee teachers has dipped at a time of controversy over two-tier pay rates and falling numbers of applications to the profes(...)

“Many eating disorders start as a healthy eating regime. Nobody goes on a diet when they are feeling good about themselves, and eating disorders prey on vulnerable people who feel overwhelmed.” Photograph: iStock

Eating disorders prey on vulnerable people, who are, in turn, particularly susceptible to the social media messages around diet and exercise they are (...)

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