Fr Damian Mc Neice  has been named the first Catholic chair of the Dublin Council of Churches. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Ecumenical history has been made with the appointment for the first time of a Catholic priest as chair of the Dublin Council of Churches (DCC). Fr Dam(...)

The Minister for the Environment said the Government was examining ways to make the agriculture sector carbon neutral. Photograph: Reuters

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has said the Government’s new climate change legislation is “unequivocal” in committing Ireland to all (...)

Australian treasurer Joe Hockey speaks to the media at the close of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings today. Photograph:   Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

The world’s top economies agreed today to develop stricter rules on cross-border taxation to close loopholes that have allowed multinationals s(...)

Filipino farmers Leobeneldo Gacita and his son-in-law Arcenio Estosane arrange a Christmas tree made of trash from relief goods in the typhoon devastated village of Pinamitian, in the eastern Samar province of the Philippines. Photograph: Dennis M Sabangan/EPA

By today, the Philippines will have spent $1 billion paying foreign debts in the seven weeks since typhoon Haiyan devastated much of the country. It w(...)

Prof John Sweeney,  attended three of the past four UN climate-change events as part of the Government delegation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Stop Climate Chaos coalition has criticised Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan for declining to meet them or to include any civil society rep(...)

A women sobs while praying in a  flooded church in Tacloban, Philippines, on Thursday,  six days after the city was largely destroyed by typhoon Haiyan. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times.

Collections to help alleviate suffering in the Philippines will take place at churches throughout the island of Ireland this weekend, while collection(...)

 Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy (left) meets Russian president  Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in St Petersburg yesterday. Leaders of the G20 nations made progress on tightening up on multinational company tax avoidance. Photograph: Iliya Pitalev/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images

Leaders of the world’s largest economies ratcheted up the pressure on tax avoidance by backing “an ambitious and comprehensive” plan to crack down on (...)

Anti-G8 protesters during a rally in Belfast city centre ahead of the G8 summit of world leaders. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Protesters have rallied at Belfast’s City Hall against the agenda of the G8 leaders who assemble in Co Fermanagh on Monday and Tuesday.The protest, o(...)

The G8 summit is being held in Co Fermanagh next week

“Shout loudly, don’t hold back, lift your voice like a trumpet” – not the words of an anarchist group or anti-G8 street activist. The call to protest (...)