French president Francois Hollande (L) shakes hands with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny on his arrival for the opening of the UN conference on climate change in Paris. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed the EU agriculture greenhouse emissions target for Ireland are “unrealistic” and has blamed a “lost decade” of(...)

 From left are Indonesian president Joko Widodo, Norway’s prime minister Erna Solbergof, UN special envoy on climate change  and former Irish president Mary Robinson, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, Gabonese president Ali Bongo and an unidentified aide   at the COP21 world climate change conference, Le Bourget,  France,  November 30th,  2015. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

UN special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson has said she is optimistic an agreement can be reached at the global summit on climate chang(...)

President Vladimir Putin of Russia, second from left, speaks to  US secretary of state John Kerry, right, at the UN climate change conference in Paris. Photograph: New York Times

US president Barack Obama has told crucial climate change talks in Paris the negotiations represent an act of defiance after the attacks in t(...)

Irish Water defends payments for legal, audit, IT and financial services.

Irish Water paid out more than €3.7 million in fees to external consultants to provide it with expert services between March and August this (...)

The Place de la Republique is covered in pairs of shoes  in  Paris, as part of a symbolic and peaceful rally called by the NGO Avaaz within the UN conference on climate change COP21. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland faces fresh pressure from EU member states and the European Commission over its high level of agricultural emissions, Taoiseach Enda Ke(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: will address the COP 21 conference in Paris today. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech to the United Nations climate change summit in Paris today will call for a strong agreement that limits global t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny took his parliamentary party by surprise this week when he said Fine Gael might be willing to allow a free vote on repea(...)

Installing a wind turbine on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, ahead of the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11). Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

COP21 opens in Paris on Monday with much higher expectations and hopes than the previous global effort in Copenhagen six years ago. COP s(...)

 Catherine Murphy: said she favoured the reconstitution of Siteserv PLC, which is now in liquidation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Social Democrats party has proposed the establishment of an anti-corruption agency as part of a long-term response to the issues raised by the Com(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen  left the inquiry hearings without suffering further blows to his reputation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Talking privately to members of the banking inquiry in recent days, they sounded less like doctors trying to keep it alive and more like pathologists (...)