Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: “The next generation would not forgive us if this deal was not done.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said the Paris agreement on global climate change represented a “truly multilateral response to one of th(...)

French foreign affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, president-designate of COP21,  on a giant screen as he speaks at the final session at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 12th, 2015. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

As the Paris COP21 accord with its unprecedented collective global response to climate change was being ratified on Saturday evening, it was inevitabl(...)

Three environmentalists wear polar bear costumes as they take part in a demonstration near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, as the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) on Saturday.  Photograph: Reuters

The draft Paris climate agreement represents “the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era”, according to Kumi Naidoo, executive director at Greenp(...)

A French customs officer photographs one of the banners brought by Irish environmental activists to the UN climate conference. Photograph: William Hederman

A bus carrying 35 Irish climate activists was stopped by French police in the port of Cherbourg for almost three hours on Thursday. The activists, r(...)

Enda Kenny delivers a speech during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Irish involvement with the climate change talks in Paris did not get off to a very auspicious start 10 days ago when Taoiseach Enda Kenny made a speci(...)

 Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly says a binding agreement on 1.5 degree target would be very difficult to achieve politically. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly says expectations of a deal at the UN climate change conference must be “realistic”, suggesting that a more am(...)

Ireland will have to act wisely, observing which way the wind is blowing, measuring its response, and all the while seeking to preserve the benefits of its vital foreign direct investment sector

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing in relation to the taxation of multinationals. Whether it’s Margaret Hodge in Westmi(...)

Welcoming the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Beps) report, Mr Noonan said the OECD proposals would “play to Ireland’s advantage”, despite fears it could provoke a flight of multinationals. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has warned the European Union not to attempt to go beyond plans published on Monday that seek to lay down new global rules on taxing mu(...)

Some observers believe a public country-by-country reporting regime for multinationals will eventually be put in place. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is to become one of the first countries to introduce measures aimed at ensuring multinationals disclose more information to tax authorities. (...)

International aid agencies and environmental groups have hailed Pope Francis’s “game-changing” message on the need to protect the environment and tackle climate change. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti.

Ireland’s Catholic primate Eamon Martin and former president Mary Robinson are among many who have extended an enthusiastic welcome to Pope Francis’s (...)