Burnt out: Ageing oil fields in the North Sea look very vulnerable and could face early closures and accelerated moves to decommission them

Shouting to be heard over an Arctic blast, Alistair Hope points out a dozen oil platforms, some nearby, their gas flares illuminating a heavy North S(...)

Crowds gather outside the Central Bank in Dublin to protest against the jailing of five anti-water charge protesters. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Two anti-water charge protesters, who were among five jailed last week for defying a court order, have gone on hunger-strike, thousands of people who (...)

Melancholia or depression was a common problem in other war hospitals too and was the most common diagnosis (18 per cent) among soldiers from the expeditionary force in France admitted to the Lord Derby War Hospital in Lancashire

In late 1918, Private JK, a 19-year old single private in the British army, was admitted to the Richmond War Hospital, a 32-bed establishment on the g(...)

Oil giant Shell was to own 20 per cent of the petrochemical project in Qatar. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Oil giant Shell and Qatar Petroleum have decided not to proceed with their $6.4 billion Al Karaana petrochemical project in the Gulf state, the region(...)

Bank of Ireland climbed 2.21 per cent to 32.4 cents. Volumes were decent, with 292 million shares changing hands

Markets bounced back from an earlier slide as hydrocarbon and mining stocks regained some momentum following increases in oil and metals prices.Hopes(...)

A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field, 80kms off Co Mayo. Photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Ltd

Shell E&P Ireland has begun two months of testing at its north Mayo onshore refinery in preparation for next year’s scheduled production from the (...)

Exploration and production-related stocks tumbled after top oil exporter Saudi Arabia cut prices to the US. Brent crude slid to near $82 a barrel – extending losses to a fourth session. Photograph: Reuters

European stocks declined for a second day, as officials cut growth forecasts for the euro region, and oil companies plunged on tumbling prices for the(...)

A well production test at the Corrib field, 80km offshore Co Mayo: Oil and natural gas prices have fallen sharply this year. Photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Ltd

Shell and its partners have handed a petroleum exploration licence for the Rockall Basin back to the State on the grounds that it has no further pote(...)

A Statoil carbon-capture unit in the North Sea. Photograph: Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times

Radical plans to capture carbon dioxide (C02) and store it in underground reservoirs, instead of belching it into the atmosphere, were outlined in Bon(...)

As demands for the extra Garda resources are usually created by a commercial events, the force charges for it – the Garda generated €2.869 million from such activities last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Garda raised almost €3 million last year by charging sports bodies, event promoters and commercial entities for the policing provided to them.Mult(...)