Fine Gael’s Simon Harris talking to reporters outside Leinster House. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A Government member of the Public Accounts Committee has said that legitimate issues have been raised by the disclosure that a former board mem(...)

The British government last month gave the go-ahead for an EDF-led consortium to build a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset at a cost of(...)

The report has suggested several changes and additions to the climate action legislation, which is being sponsored by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.   Photograph: Eric Luke

The independent body scrutinising Government performance in meeting climate change obligations must be as robust as the Fiscal Advisory Council, a (...)

A report on climate change by an Oireachtas Committee has made no cast-iron recommendations to Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan but does suggest a number of courses of action that might be followed. Photograph: The Irish Times

Harry McGee Political CorrespondentThe report of a parliamentary committee on a draft climate change Bill has made a number of significant suggestions(...)

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 increased by 1 per cent to 57.92 million tonnes

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions – the gases are blamed for causing climate change – rose in 2012 for the first time in six years due mainly to incr(...)

A motorist makes his way through floods in Co Kildare in 2009: the findings of the UN report could “spell chaos” for the Irish economy, says Stop Climate Chaos spokesman Oisín Coghlan.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ireland could face an influx of “climate refugees” if the rate of climate change is not checked, a coalition of non-governmental organisations has war(...)

Worked up: Met Éireann’s head of forecasting, Gerald Fleming, and the warming planet. Montage: Dearbhla Kelly/The Irish Times. Photographs: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times and Rob Atkins/Getty

Gerald Fleming is no placard-wielding radical. Met Éireann’s head of forecasting, who was famous for signing off his evening TV broadcasts with a wink(...)

Oisín Coghlan (right): “The five climate Bills introduced in the Oireachtas since 2009 have had an 80 per cent emissions reduction target. The Government’s draft has none.” Photograph: Frank Miller

As the country experienced its most intense heatwave so far this century, the Oireachtas environment committee has been holding intensive hearings on (...)