Sharon O’Buachalla: “LeasePlan Bank was able to go out to the market and get funding at a time when the domestic banks couldn’t” Skoda Octavia: good performer

A fleet management company that managed to grow in the recession certainly warrants further examination. At a time when new car sales in Ireland were (...)

The scheme in the Doughill Forest area, near Strokestown was  conceived by Coillte and the tail end of the boom and it had obtained planning permission as the sole developer in 2012

Coillte and Bord na Móna have agreed a joint venture to build out a €90 million wind farm in Co Roscommon. The two semi-State companies are also unde(...)

Coillte owns the land on which the wind farm is being built, while SSE will construct and operate it

Airtricity owner SSE and State forestry company Coillte have raised €176 million from three banks to fund the second phase of what will be the State’s(...)

The campaign will highlight that Ireland imports 85 per cent of its energy requirements. Photograph: David Sleator

A €500,000 advertising campaign highlighting the perceived benefits of wind energy begins today. The campaign is funded by the major wind energy com(...)

Sedco 711 drilling rig at the Corrib gas field. It is a semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depth of up to 550m.

1996: Gas discovery reported 83 km off Mayo by Enterprise Energy Ireland (EEI). August 2001: Mayo County Council approved permission for an onshore(...)

Trunk call: although Ireland can grow many commercial tree species much faster than our European neighbours, no publicly-available records are kept which factor in capital gain with forestry returns.

If you’re thinking that commercial forestry may be the intelligent, low-risk, long-term, green investment alternative to the cyclical cheers-and-tears(...)

These ancient rounded mountains would have been the Croagh Patricks or Brandons of their day

I’m a great believer in the Föhn effect when it comes to choosing where to hike or cycle in and around the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. Complex mete(...)

Glow: Cork’s winter wonderland

From festive music to cracking comedy and atmospheric markets, there is plenty for grown-ups to give themselves some cheer this Christmas. For dram(...)

File picture of wind turbines. The Court of Appeal has cleared the way for development of a wind farm in Co Laois after rejecting a challenge to planning permission.   Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

The Court of Appeal has cleared the way for development of a wind farm in Co Laois after rejecting a challenge to planning permission centring on conc(...)

A total of 79 trees across the State were infected with the disease in 2015, which means 195 ash trees have become infected since October 2012. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The number of confirmed findings of Irish trees infected with ash dieback disease, a relatively recently discovered fungal disease, has increased by 6(...)