Fine Gael’s Simon Harris talking to reporters outside Leinster House. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD says announcement of amount paid to management consultant ‘concerning’

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan: is also expected to publish the Government’s new policy strategy on climate change, which will be complementary to the legislation.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan’s Climate Action Bill has been criticised for not including targets

The Government announced that an ambitious (and controversial) plan to export wind energy from the midlands to Britain has foundered. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

UN panel report and foundering of wind energy plan brings neglected issue back, writes Harry McGee

Former president Mary Robinson:   ’business as usual could not just do any more’.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former president says we have 20 years to save the world from climate change effects

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness is to call a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss “very serious” issues

John McGuinness is to call a special meeting to discuss “very serious” issues

Frank Flannery (above)  was appointed chairman of the Forum on  Philanthropy by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Fine Gael adviser and Rehab boss told Forum on Philanthropy members he would pursue plan on a personal basis.

The chairman of the public spending watchdog has described a solicitor’s letter sent by former Fine Gael adviser and former Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery as ‘a step too far’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Kerins and ex- director would not give charity permission to release salary, PAC told

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan retired last month.

Inquiry into Garda taping may take over a year to conclude investigations

Ivor Callely outside the Four Courts yesterday after hearing the judgment in the Supreme Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Supreme Court judges express strongly divergent views on two key issues decided in appeal over expenses claims of former senator (...)

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