People protesting against the  Poolbeg incinerator plan in 2010. The project has had numerous financial, legal and political obstacles in the past seven years. Photograph: Eric Luke

Work has begun on the €600 million Poolbeg waste incinerator in Dublin, seven years after the facility was granted permission by An Bord Pleanála.Con(...)

‘The Minster failed to mention the incinerator in his speech, but if we are to believe everything he said regarding waste policy, then it is never going to happen,’ said Green party leader Eamon Ryan, Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

This week at the Environment Ireland Conference new Minister for Environment Alan Kelly got tough on badly-behaved bin collection companies. In his fi(...)

A computer-enhanced image of the   Covanta incinerator at Poolbeg, Dublin

Dublin City Council will next week learn whether it can go ahead with the development of the controversial €600 million Poolbeg waste incinerator. T(...)

 Phil Hogan: His appointment  as EU commissioner is expected to be announced this week, when details of the Cabinet reshuffle are released. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan should answer questions in the Dáil if he is appointed EU commissioner, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said(...)

Brian Cowen. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Taoiseach’s wish to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to hold inquiries took a bit of a battering again yesterday. In the (...)

Sinn Féin councillors will be obliged to do everything in their power to root out corruption during the next council term, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adam(...)

The people of Dublin should be asked directly whether they want, or do not want, an elected Lord Mayor. Talk about a democratic revolution has (...)

While the plebiscite on whether or not to have a directly elected mayor is set to be held next May on the same day as the local elections, it could be as far away as 2019 before we hold elections if the local-election cycle is observed.

Former minister for the environment John Gormley was very keen indeed on having a directly elected mayor (DEM) for Dublin. No stalling consensus-build(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: announced her decision to seek the external investigation following a High Court order

Minister of State for Planning Jan O’Sullivan is seeking consultants to undertake an independent investigation of planning practices in six local auth(...)

 Michael Ryan outside Waterford Circuit Court after being found not guilty  of   corruption. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A millionaire property developer walked free from court yesterday after a jury found him not guilty of making corrupt payments to a politician in 2006(...)