Before the current reintroduction the last pair of white-tailed eagles were recorded breeding in the wild in Co Mayo in 1912. File image

The PSNI has identified a rare bird found near Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh, last weekend as a white-tailed eagle, or Haliaeetus albicilla. The bird known(...)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe was one of the speakers at the annual Irish Hotels Federation conference. The conference heard how the Government’s special VAT rate was crucial to lessening the rate of insolvency within the industry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were 145 insolvent hotels in the State at the end of 2014 and the industry would have been in much worse shape were it not for the Government’s (...)

Holidaymakers in Kilronan, Inis Mór, in 2013.  Workers are spending less time planning holidays on  their desktops and are increasingly booking breaks on smartphones,  Google says. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Workers are spending less time planning holidays on their desktop computers and are increasingly booking breaks on smartphones, according to Google. D(...)

Protesters taking part in a  Solidarity Walk-Rebelling Against Pylons and Wind Turbines at Vinegar Hill, Enniscorthy.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Energy has often been a hot topic in Ireland. In 1924, commercial interests objected to a plan to tap the river Shannon for a hydroelectric scheme, w(...)

Environmental campaigner Peter Sweetman. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Peter Sweetman is perhaps the State’s foremost objector to energy projects. Currently in his sights are “at least 12” wind farm proposals. He has obj(...)

 Niall Walsh at his home in Mount Merrion Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Why would you build any other way?” is Niall Walsh’s stock answer to questions about his passive house.His family home at Mount Merrion in south Dubl(...)

IHF president Stephen McNally and chief executive Tim Fenn:  occupancy rates in Dublin rose by 3 per cent in 2014 but hoteliers in other areas said they had not done so well. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Hotels and guesthouses generated €6.45 billion in 2014 and are expecting a third consecutive year of strong growth – but the positive figures mask hug(...)

The Healy Pass, Co Kerry. The rise in hotel occupancy in the southwest was up 3 per cent, to 62 per cent. Photograph: Brian Lynch/Bord Fáilte

  More than 500 hotel and guest house operators are gathering in Co Cavan for their annual conference as figures show that 2014 was the in(...)

Anti-water charges protest, Central Bank,   Dublin: “Maybe 10,000 people” turned out. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Anti-austerity campaigners will travel to Killarney next weekend to protest at the annual Labour Party conference. Campaign group Right2Water is org(...)

Denis Duff of Better Environment with Nuclear Energy (Bene): “Renewable energy is useful but limited”

Denis Duff, a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in renewable and thermal electricity generating systems, doesn’t consider himself a (...)