“Attainment of the 40 per cent target will require another 200 wind farms, 700km of new transmission line and hundreds of new towers to carry these lines. These transmission reinforcements alone will cost up to €3.9 billion, according to EirGrid,” says Dr Anthony White. Photograph: David Sleator

Achieving the target of generating 40 per cent of Ireland’s electricity by 2020 from renewable sources would require another 200 wind farms around th(...)

Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh said people in Britain need to be made aware of the potential consequences of an exit from the European Union. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

People in Britain need to be made aware of the potential consequences of an exit from the European Union of which they are not aware, including the po(...)

Brian Hayes: “We need lots of contrarian people, with lots of contrarian views, questioning everything we do, because that didn’t happen in the madness years.” Photograph: The Irish Times

More contrarian people “questioning everything we do” are required to criticise our policymaking decisions, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes told the MacGill(...)

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty: said issue was whether to ask people who had nothing in the cupboards to pay the same for water as people who had ‘plenty in the cupboards’. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ervia chief executive Michael McNicholas has strongly defended the establishment of Irish Water. Mr McNicholas said Ireland had the most modern gas a(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been criticised by the opposition for pulling out of a debate on Irish Water at the MacGill summer school.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been criticised by the opposition for pulling out of a debate on Irish Water at the MacGill summer scho(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: ‘We have made massive changes to the operation and governance of An Garda Síochána.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bad behaviour among some members of the Garda should not be “rolled up endlessly” into an accusation of a “flawed culture”, the Minister for Justic(...)

Dr TK Whitaker, pictured in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A “revolutionary” of the calibre of former civil servant and Central Bank governor Dr TK Whitaker is needed to ensure that financial markets take some(...)

Labour Party Senator Lorraine Higgins who said she is planning to report emailed death threats to gardaí.

Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins considered quitting politics over deaths threats she received. Ms Higgins was emailed twice in recent days by a man th(...)

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commissio(...)

The Registrar General’s annual report has revealed the number of civil marriages is on the rise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There has been a “significant shift” in the nature of the marriages registered in the State, with the number of people opting for religious ceremonies(...)