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When the rains stop reservoirs run dry, water shortages loom, while forest fires are more likely to happen. File photograph: Getty

The impact of the July heat wave began to ramp up this week. By Tuesday, Irish Water had issued conservation appeals to three counties: north Dublin; (...)

Mother and baby homes protest at Phoenix Park in 2020: The commission suggests children who did not spend long in an institution are unlikely to have been abused. We recognise forced separation as a harm in itself. Photograph:  Tom Honan

A rewriting the executive summary of the mother and baby homes report cannot take the place of the report or of a full independent review of its proce(...)

The report was based on in-depth interviews with 50 women and was carried out for Safe Ireland. File image: Getty

Domestic violence costs a female survivor about €113,500 in the period from their abusive relationship to safety, which lasts on average 20 years, acc(...)

Domhnall Gleeson in Medicine written and directed by Enda Walsh. Photograph: Alex Sapienza

Something strange has been happening. Stranger than a global pandemic? It is linked. As people muse on how long it will take for artists to make work (...)


Amid the antagonism of Twitter, photographer Chaosheng Zhang is a reassuringly soothing presence. A simple caption accompanied by a glorious picture o(...)

Rachel Goode in A Thing I Cannot Name. Photograph: Jeda de Brí/Irish National Opera

When Amanda Feery talks about music, opera, life, the effect is like a free-flowing stream of consciousness. She lives through the various moments she(...)

Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh believes the one-shot Janssen vaccination, currently being offered to people aged 18-35 in pharmacies, will help aid the return to campus. File photograph: iStock

Irish universities are hopeful that students can return to large-scale lectures this autumn. However, this would be contingent on public health advic(...)

MAORY (Multi-conjugate Adaptive Optics RelaY) will help compensate for the distortion of light caused by turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere, which makes astronomical images blurry

The world’s largest telescope – the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) – is under construction in Chile. When it captures its “first light”, sometime in (...)

‘The emergence of the finger-wagging personal responsibility narrative that ensues when it all goes wrong suits nobody except the purveyors of the products that one way or another are making our environment less conducive to health.’

All public-health challenges – be it cancer, obesity or even Covid-19 – have one thing in common: the need for a “two-pronged” approach to tackle them(...)

Can you name this common wildflower of early spring? Find the answer at end of this article

They don’t play chasing games, sit up and pose for the camera, or have engaging, furry babies. Is this why plants remain nameless when they’re not flo(...)

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