The European Court of Justice has upheld an EU law that allows for standardised cigarette packaging and bans the advertising of e-cigarettes.  Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

The European Court of Justice, Europe’s highest court, has upheld an EU law that allows for standardised cigarette packaging and bans the advertising (...)

Dr Fiona Ginty Principal scientist in the Life Sciences and Molecular Diagnostics Organization at GE Research Center (GRC) in NYC, working on a cure (...)

Saoirse Ronan speaks onstage at 2015 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Saoirse Ronan won the award for Best Actress at the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday night. The Irish actress was recognise(...)

Former IFA president Eddie Downey: “The message I got was I was thrown under the bus at the meeting.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The executive board of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is coming under mounting pressure to resign on foot of the pay controversy surrounding the(...)

A building in the Purcellsinch Business Park on fire on Tuesday. Photograph: Damien Conway via Twitter

Up to eight fire brigade units are battling a large fire at an industrial estate in Kilkenny city on Tuesday morning. The fire broke out before 10a(...)

Actress Meryl Streep at the premiére of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Savoy cinema in Dublin in September 1998. She played Kate Murphy in the screen adaptation of Friel’s play. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Meryl Streep has paid tribute to the playwright Brian Friel describing him as a “tender dramatist, an insightful humanist and a lovely man”. Streep st(...)

Simon Coveney: “Broader solutions” required. Photograph: The Irish Times

The crew of Irish navy patrol ship LÉ Niamh have been praised for their professionalism during a “very traumatic and difficult rescue” of almost 400 m(...)

Screengrab of the Mothers and Fathers Matter poster urging a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Comedian Adam Hills has claimed that  the couple pictured are ‘appalled’ at this use of their image. Photograph: Adam Hills Official Page/Facebook

A couple whose image is being used on posters encouraging a No vote in the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage are said to be “appalled” by the s(...)

IMO president Dr Ray Walley and  Minister for Health  Leo Varadkar at the IMO annual conference in  Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

The proposed deal to provide free family doctor care to all children under six has divided doctors, with the plan being rejected by the National Asso(...)

 Tánaiste  Joan Burton says she is ‘satisfied’ Irish Water will pass Eurostat test. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she is satisfied that Irish Water will pass the Eurostat market corporation test as an independent company capable of bo(...)

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