Former president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The “game is almost up” for the all-male Catholic Church, former president Mary McAleese has said. She said the church’s “clericalised citadel is in(...)

A customer looks at cannabis on display after legal recreational marijuana went on sale at a Tweed retail store in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters.

Canada became the first industrialised nation to legalise recreational cannabis on Wednesday, but a lawful buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest(...)

 Nobel  Prize for Physics winner Donna Strickland. Handout photograph: University of Waterloo/AFP/Getty Images

A trio of American, French and Canadian scientists won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for breakthroughs in laser technology that have tur(...)

Exercises such as lunges and squats will help to make you stronger, increase your range of motion and challenge your balance. Photograph: iStock

1) Work on it, for the sake of your social life Ageing often leads to a loss of balance, which can result in an increased risk of falls. But, as a re(...)

Make the time A strong core isn’t about having photogenic abs, looking good in swimwear or grinding out another deadlift. It is a key element in doze(...)

Atsugi Higashiyama  accepts the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize in Perception for “investigating whether things look different when you bend over and view them between your legs” during the  Ig Nobel prize ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Sometimes the Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to a somewhat oblique achievement. Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded this year’s Nobel for di(...)

Scientists say they have identified differences in how people accept or reject profound-sounding statements that don’t actually make any sense. File photograph: Getty Images

Scientists in Canada have identified a number of factors, including lower levels of cognitive abilities, that determine whether someone is likely to a(...)

Bill Kyle is to replace Kevin Murphy as group chief executive of Irish Life

Bill Kyle, an executive vice president with Great-West Lifeco,  the Canadian life assurance group is to assume the role of group chief executi(...)