European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager: “When you become big, you have a special responsibility not to use your muscle to deny others the chance to compete against you.” Photograph: Alan Betson

“I think if you bitch a little bit every day you will end up divorced.” This is how Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner,(...)

An aerial shot of Mount Etna taken during visit by the Trinity team.

With some 200 eruptive episodes to date, Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano. It also holds the record for the longest continuous eruption. The(...)

 Beef farmer Angus Woods on his farm in Co Wicklow:  “We have this huge market right on our doorstep . . . we have been supplying if for hundreds of years and now we could end up with a scenario that we might not have free access into that market.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the pasture lands of Co Wicklow, the Woods farm has passed down through three generations. It is, says its owner Angus Woods, a typical family oper(...)

‘Sometimes we make better choices by taking the long view, and seeing all parts of time as equally real.’ Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Science upends our everyday understanding of time. Since Albert Einstein developed his theory of special relativity no physicist speaks dogmatically o(...)

Sinn Féin leaders  1919. Thirty-six elected members were in jail. P Maloney on left in second row. Photograph: Hulton Archive

PJ Moloney (1871-1947), my great-grandfather, was elected for Tipperary South in the UK general election that took place just weeks following the end (...)

1919: Germans take war machines apart outside Berlin. Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles Germany was required to disarm. This tank is in fact a British tank, captured and put into service by the Germans. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

“German economic life is to be annihilated . . . It amounts to the denial of the people’s right to existence.” (German foreign minister Count Brockdor(...)

 Síofra Caherty, Fiona O’Doherty Mindy O’Brien, Flossie Donelly, Una Hand, Padraic Fogarty, and Kate Ruddock. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The grassroots uprising is underway and people of all ages are calling for great urgency on climate action. A lack of political action in Ireland has (...)

Lot: 170: Miss Dorothy Styles by Sir William Orpen, €45,276-€67,914, Sotheby’s

Forthcoming auctions Until January 21st: Morgan O’Driscoll Online Irish Art Auction, 251 works, including Basil Blackshaw, John Shinnors and Evie Ho(...)

Are Christmas and January exams putting students under too much pressure? It’s a question being asked on college campuses, prompted by factors such (...)

Hundreds of Trinity students have  objected to pressure of ‘impossible’ exam changes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of students at Trinity College Dublin say its new system of Christmas exams and continual assessment is putting students under huge pressure (...)

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