EPA director general  Laura Burke:    “We must implement appropriate measures across all of society and the economy to break the link between prosperity and pollution.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A very mild winter was a significant factor in the slight decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in 2014, according to figures from the Environmental P(...)

Fine Gael’s Anthony Lawlor: says the 7,500 people who made submissions “have been led up the garden path for the past 18 months”.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been accused of “procrastination” and “waffle” in the delay over the introduction of development regulat(...)

Claims that the IRA has gone away are a “blatant lie”, says the son of the only prison officer murdered in the Republic during the Troubles. His comme(...)

Patrick O’Donovan TD, Fine Gael: said “ordinary working people” in rural areas were “sick to the back teeth of listening to people give out” about them receiving the €100 grant. Photograph:  Brian Gavin

A Government backbencher has told the Dáil the €100 water conservation grant should be an ongoing scheme because of the costs involved in group water (...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park, where he was due to play five concerts last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposals issued by the Government this week will not prevent a fiasco like last year’s cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park recurr(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Proposals for electronically assisted voting are to be considered by the Government. Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney introduced a bill in the Dáil to all(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected legislation that aims to “tame the beast of Irish Water”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. Mr McGrath described t(...)

“If guaranteed independence is good enough for advice on the fiscal budget why not for climate policy?”

Opposition TDs are seeking to have four State-backed agencies removed from a new expert group on climate change in a bid to preserve its independenc(...)

Data compiled by the Department of the Environment shows that Government funding for local authority housing has fallen by €35 million since 2012. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Government funding for local authority housing has fallen by €35 million since 2012, new statistics show.Data compiled by the Department of the Envir(...)

Pearse Doherty has said the first action of Sinn Féin in government would be to scrap domestic water charges and abolish Irish Water.

Sinn Féin has reversed its previous policy of keeping Irish Water as a utility and now says it will abolish the semi-state as well as water charges.Th(...)