Niall FitzGerald, patron of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, delivers his remarks at Monday’s conference. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

The higher education and research sector has failed to convince successive governments of the business case for investment at an adequate level, a con(...)

Prof Hugh Brady, vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol and a former president of UCD, says the decline of Irish universities is  linked to the global financial crisis and the threat of Brexit. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The state of Ireland’s higher education and research system should be viewed as a national crisis, according to the head of a UK university. Speaking(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally: ‘The current system is deeply flawed’. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

The system for dealing with medical errors in Ireland is “not fit for purpose” and requires far-reaching reform, the author of a State-commissioned re(...)

Sun coming up the passage at the Winter Solstice, Newgrange

Who built Newgrange and the other Boyne Valley passage tombs – and why? It remains one of archaeology’s most intractable questions. In a renewed effor(...)

 Swan lake – where the gossamer gleamed.

Abroad on a calm and meditative morning, walking a path between damp hedges, the faintest, softest touch on my cheek confirmed that it was autumn. I h(...)

Lead author Dr Edmund Gilbert, who is based at RCSI, said the work was helping understand the role of genetic variation in human disease. File photograph: Getty

A complete genetic map of Britain and Ireland, generated by scientists for the first time, provides proof of common ancestry going back hundreds of ye(...)

Cats are able to recognise their own names. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

Cats are able to recognise their own names much like their canine counterparts, a study has suggested. Much is known about the ability of dogs to com(...)

Even domestic tasks such as housework   can count towards to your daily activity. Photograph: iStock

1) Break it down Current guidelines recommend adults clock up at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on five days a week (or 150 minutes a we(...)

Bog butter found in Muckanagh, Co Mayo, dated to AD 775 to 895, and with its wooden container and leather wrap. Image copyright of the National Museum of Ireland

The tradition of using bogs to keep butter edible dates back over 3,500 years, according to a new study. It reveals the practice dates back to at le(...)

Getting active in midlife could be as good for you as starting young when it comes to reducing the risk of an early death, researchers have suggested.(...)

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