The Irish Pharmacy Union has confirmed 78,935 people were vaccinated across 762 pharmacies in the 2016/2017 flu season. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The Health Service Executive is bracing itself for a winter flu crisis, following signals that existing vaccines may be unable to cope with new strain(...)

 A total of 1,000 farmers will have participated in the programme by the end of 2017, with detailed resource efficiency assessments completed on 38 farms. Photograph: Oktay Ortakcioglu/E+/Getty

A new initiative to encourage “smart farming” has succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions by 10 per cent on participating farms, and also improved financi(...)

Air pollution is the worst type of fatal pollution, linked to 6.5 million deaths in 2015, according to a global investigation  published in The Lancet.  File photograph: Getty Images

Pollution is blamed for up to nine million deaths each year worldwide, disproportionately affecting people living in some of the world’s poorest count(...)

The humble household stove could be responsible for serious levels of air pollution in Ireland, depending on what fuels are going into it. File photograph: Getty Images

There should be no cause for complacency in Europe or Ireland over the findings of the Lancet medical journal’s major study of the global health impac(...)

Fifth-year students from Tallaght Community School preparing for their first contact with  the International Space Station. Photograph: Colin O’Riordan/’Irish Independent’

When students from one Dublin school make radio contact with the International Space Station orbiting Earth today, they will have just between six and(...)

 Irish mathematician, research meteorologist, academic and Irish Times columnist, Dr Peter Lynch has been honoured as this year’s recipient of the Maths Week Ireland Award for his contribution to raising public awareness of maths, pictured receiving his award from Sheila Donegan of Maths Week Ireland.

Mathematician, meteorologist and Irish Times columnist, Dr Peter Lynch, has been honoured as this year’s recipient of the Maths Week Ireland award for(...)

  Irish Water managing director Jerry Grant   at the National Emergency Co-ordination Centre on Tuesday: he acknowledged there was “a very significant water deficit across the south of the country”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A total of 66,000 households and businesses were without water late on Tuesday as Irish Water and ESB Networks worked to restore supplies disrupted du(...)

An aircraft flies past buildings in the Canary Wharf district of London as Saharan dust carried by  Ophelia filters sunlight. Photograph: REUTERS/Tom Jacobs

Storm Ophelia left a distinctive red imprint on skylines across western Europe even as it headed north along the west coast of Ireland. The hurrican(...)

A visualisation of the path of Storm Ophelia as it was expected to hit Ireland, from the Earthwindmap website

Just over a week ago, near Cape Verde in the Atlantic Ocean, there was a significant wave moving east. The essential ingredient for a potential hurric(...)

An artist’s rendering of the merger of two neutron stars.  Image: Robin Dienel/The Carnegie Institution for Science via The New York Times

A collision of two neutron stars, 130 million light years away, has opened up “a new window on the Universe”. The spectacular event which occurred on (...)