It’s a Numbers Game

By Fiona Mitchell, RTÉ’s Deputy Foreign Editor In the last few months we’ve heard more than the average amount of talk from politicians about how “there’s only one poll that counts”. Ahead of the Local and European Elections, every party had to be careful not to appear too complacent if doing well in the polls, and not too downhearted if they weren’t.

Visualising the amount of ice melting in Antarctica

By George Lee, Agriculture and Environment Correspondent The latest scientific analysis of the rate at which ice is disappearing from Antarctica shows that the continent is now losing about 160bn tonnes of ice per year to the ocean. In a report published today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists used the most recent data collected by the European Space Agency’s Cryosat spacecraft to show that the rate of melt in Antarctica is now almost double the previous estimate.

Staffing issues to dominate INMO conference

Kilkenny is the location for the three-day annual delegate conference of the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation this week. It’s the INMO’s 95th conference. The union has over 40,000 members and around 360 delegates will be at this meeting, representing union members around the country. 

The Sum of all Polls

By Brian Dowling, RTÉ Political Staff Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter once quipped about politicians and polls: “Don’t worry about polls, but if you do, don’t admit it.” True, so true. In those 11 words she succinctly summed the love/hate relationship between the vast majority of politicians and polls. How often have you heard politicians say – “The only poll that matters is the one on election day.” Yet no matter how much they downplay polls, they and election …