Vikki Barry Brown: ‘I felt distanced from Britain and thought an Irish passport might make me feel more like I belonged in Ireland.’

Like many second-generation Irish people living in Britain, I applied for an Irish passport following the UK’s referendum decision to leave the Europe(...)

Prof Helen Whelton believes Ireland’s hospitals need to be scaled up. File photograph: Alan Betson

Prof Helen Whelton believes in the power of research to improve people’s lives and boost the economy. So much so, in fact, that she argues research in(...)

 Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh: “What defines a university is the quality of its students, the quality of its staff and the quality of the student experience. Some rankings measure those and some don’t.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is looking to make his mark. The 13th president of NUI Galway (National University of Ireland, Galway) has a legacy to leave in th(...)

Japanese knotweed. “The plant poses less of a risk to buildings and other structures than many woody species, particularly trees.” Photograph: Getty Images

An Irish ecologist has completed research which suggests that the threat posed by Japanese knotweed is vastly overstated, and he claims it does no mor(...)

Wastewater treatment by aeration. In a new study six wastewater treatment plants in northern England were linked to a rise  in microplastics in the rivers – on average up to three times higher but in one instance by a factor of 69

Microplastics in rivers have been found in much higher concentrations downstream from wastewater treatment plants, researchers have found. In one of(...)

 Ice floats near the coast of Antarctica. Photograph: Nasa

The Antarctic ice sheet lost about 3 trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017, according to satellite analysis, with recent losses causing global (...)

Marian Harkin: “I have been diagnosed with vocal dysphonia. But I don’t shout about it. I  can’t shout about it.”

A woman with a serious disability who requires the support of a personal assistant has been told she cannot take part in any political activity if her(...)

A black taxi tour in West Belfast: “You have to [include jokes]. You’d crack if you didn’t.” Photograph: Stephen Wilson/Pacemaker

This has been a good year for Northern Irish comedy. From the unexpected return of original conflict caper Give My Head Peace, through to the riotous (...)

Jimmy Page and Pamela Des Barres, 1973. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In 2001, when the Mötley Crüe biography The Dirt was published, barely an eyebrow was raised at the debauchery described within. Even one of the darke(...)

The State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology in Moscow. Novichok nerve agents were allegedly developed by scientists at the institute in the 1970s and 1980s. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May’s confirmation that the substance used in the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal belonged to the Novichok class of (...)

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • Next
  • Last »