“The consequences of a widespread lack of trust in scientific authority can be very serious, from climate studies to immunology.” Photograph: John  Cairns/University of Oxford/AFP via Getty Images

The year 2020 will probably be remembered as the year of the dreadful Covid-19 virus, but it should also be remembered as a year of significant triump(...)

“All of those things we take for granted in life continued almost as though the novel coronavirus had never existed. The water continued to run,  the street lights came on at night.”

One of the most remarkable features of life during the pandemic has been how amazingly normal it has been. All of those things we take for granted in (...)

Prof Peter McHugh: “These awards are very important because they give us the opportunity to showcase the research and innovation activity that’s going on in industry in collaboration with the higher education sector.”

Now in their sixth year, the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards recognise excellence in research innovation, creation and invention by an organisat(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley: ‘I would urge strongly any registered post-primary teacher with a potential interest in these subject areas to look into these programmes and assess their options further with the relevant higher education institutions.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hundreds of secondary school teachers will be able to apply for free third-level upskilling courses which will qualify them to teach maths, physics an(...)

The IT Sligo team will be available to answer any questions students might have about courses and student life.

While third level campuses have been closed down and the public cannot gather in any significant numbers for the foreseeable future, third-level insti(...)

Photograph: iStock

Open days have always been a feature of choosing a course, but the threat of Covid-19 has effectively closed campuses to visitors, with third levels m(...)

President Donald Trump takes off his face mask as he appears on the balcony during a rally at the White House in Washington in his first public event after he was hospitalised for Covid-19. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

It’s hard to believe that it’s only seven months since the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19 first emerged. Quite apart from the tragic statisti(...)

GP Dr Darach Brennan at Johnstown Medical Centre, Waterford.  Brennan says the threat of Covid-19 ‘became very real, very quickly’ following two high-profile cases in Waterford. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

There have been blips, but Waterford still has the lowest cumulative incidence of the virus, and just 1% of all cases. Does it hold lessons for the(...)

In a Word . . .

I have a weakness for off-the-cuff political wit. A master, of course, was Winston Churchill. For instance, when an MP blurted angrily, “Mr Churchill,(...)

Jim Gordon, owner of the Revolution Bar in Waterford city. ‘People are tending to go bar to bar to bar, booking a table for an hour and a half in each place,’ he says. ‘We’ve had to be really strict.’ Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Running a pub since the Covid-19 restrictions lifted two weeks ago is “is like being a schoolteacher”, says Jim Gordon, the owner of Revolution Bar in(...)

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