It took 5,000 years for European genes to evolve until they were no longer lactose intolerant

Early Europeans were 'lactose intolerant'

19.49 Early Europeans had a problem drinking the milk of cows and goats for about 5,000 years after the introduction of farming, a University College Dublin study has found.

Rescuers pressed on with their search for bodies

Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard

19 Oct Hopes faded today for survivors of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39.

Irish Water said it was looking at extending the deadline for receipt of application forms

Tenants warned of eviction over water charges

16 Oct Meath County Council has confirmed that it has written to all Rental Accommodation Scheme tenants advising them that they could face eviction if they do not pay their water charges.

Minister Kelly added that it is important tenants are made aware of their obligations

Minister acknowledges RAS letter was unhelpful

17 Oct Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has acknowledged that the language in the letter sent by Wicklow County Council to Rental Accommodation Scheme tenants was unhelpful and over the top.

The site of the Hinkley plant in Somerset

Govt considering position on UK nuclear plant

09 Oct The Government will consider its position carefully before deciding on whether to take legal action against plans for a new nuclear power plant in England, Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.

Despite worldwide efforts to contain greenhouse gases global emissions continue to rise

Call for carbon taxes to be increased in Budget

06 Oct The Co-Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Report on Mitigating Climate Change, has said Minister for Finance Michael Noonan should focus on raising carbon taxes in next week's Budget.

There has been opposition to fracking

Fracking firm considers legal action over licence

01 Oct The company that wants to pursue extracting shale gas in border counties using the controversial fracking process may begin a legal challenge to decisions of Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration.