Sport and politics: One of the most eye-catching survey findings was that a majority of people in the North (54 per cent) would actually prefer a single all-Ireland team.

In the Snow Patrol song, Lifening, Gary Lightbody sings, “Ireland in the World Cup, either North or South”, then adds yearningly, “This is all I ever (...)

Drinks were labelled either “vodka and tonic” or “tonic water” and participants were not told the amount of alcohol they received. Photograph: The Irish Times

The accuracy of evidence given by victims of sexual assault is not affected by alcohol intoxication, according to a British study. Researchers at the (...)

Raffaele Sollecito (right) and Amanda Knox. Cassation judges can either uphold the convictions if they find the appeals trial was properly conducted or order yet another appellate trial. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Tiziana Fabifilippo/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s highest court will not rule until Friday on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend for the murd(...)

People throw white roses on to the coffin containing the remains of King Richard III as it is carried in procession for interment at Leicester Cathedral on March 22, 2015 in Leicester, England. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The mortal remains of Richard III have returned to Bosworth where he fell in battle 530 years ago.In a colourful ceremony heavy with symbolism atop Am(...)

‘The current exhibition in Marsh’s, which runs until the end of August 2015, examines what Joyce read during his visits to the Library in October 1902. Strangely, for somebody usually seen as one of Ireland’s most famous non-believers, he was interested in St Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan tradition.’ Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Yesterday marked 133 years to the day since James Joyce was born. Like many people, I have long had mixed views about Joyce. I enjoyed Dubliners ve(...)

Bishop of Leicester Tim Stevens (third left) and mayor Peter Soulsby (third right) react during a news conference at Leicester Cathedral after a decision of the Judicial Review permitting King Richard lll to be buried at the Cathedral in Leicester. Photograph: Reuters

England’s King Richard III, whose body was remarkably discovered under a municipal car park, will be reburied near to where he was slain in battle 500(...)

The skull of King Richard III: Scientists have announced plans to sequence Richard III’s genomes in an attempt to discover more about the 15th-century monarch, including what he really looked like. Photograph: University of Leicester/PA

King Richard III has been dead for almost 530 years, but the secrets of his genetic make-up will soon (...)

It could be a decade before the research leads to a pill that could be taken by people with Alzheimer’s disease.

A new British study has raised the prospect of a pill that can treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s by halting the death of neurons.The research,(...)

The UK’s first cat DNA database has been created and has already been used in court to help convict a killer.

The UK’s first cat DNA database has been created and has already been used in court to help convict a killer. University of Leicester forensic scienti(...)

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