Some 300 million carrier bags were used in Northern Ireland in the year before the charge was introduced. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Plastic bag use in Northern Ireland has fallen by almost three quarters since a 5p tax was introduced last year, the Department of the Environment has(...)

Agri-Food Strategy Board believes Northern Ireland has the potential to grow its agri-food sector to a £7 billion-a-year industry by 2020

The next time you are about to take a bite out of a bacon sandwich, please stop and take a close look at it.What do you see? Hopefully nothing out of (...)

Students on the UCD campus in Belfield. The president of the UCD Students’ Union has said tax reliefs for landlords should be reintroduced to try to ease an accommodation crisis for thir-level students. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

A tax relief for landlords that was phased out after the collapse of the housing market should be reintroduced to help tackle the student accommodatio(...)

“The Government is looking at holding at least three and possibly five (or more) referendums in 2015,” documents submitted to the  Minister for the Environment state. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of the Environment expects that several referendums could be held next year, according to briefing documents submitted to new Minist(...)

A priest has said that levels of deprivation and childhood adversity in Moyross continue to be “off the Richter scale”, seven years after Limerick Regeneration was launched to tackle the city’s battle with serious social problems.

A priest has said that levels of deprivation and childhood adversity in Moyross continue to be “off the Richter scale”, seven years after Limerick Reg(...)

In June, not long after the local elections,  councillors decided to amend the plan so that there would be a minimum distance between homes and wind turbines equivalent to 10 times their “tip height”. Photograph: David Sleator

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has told Donegal councillors to drop recent amendments to the county plan that would place new restrictions o(...)

How much for a glass of tap water?   The Commission for Energy Regulation has  published the details of how much we will  have to pay when  water charges are brought it

We knew we water charges were coming, so what’s the fuss now? Yesterday at noon, the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) published the details of h(...)

The ESRI estimated that the total number of mortgage loans in negative equity peaked at 314,000 in late 2012

Rising property prices, particularly in Dublin, are lifting thousands of households out of negative equity, according to new research.A study by the E(...)

Former chief inspector of the Garda Inspectorate Kathleen O’Toole was a member of the review group into the Department of Justice

The high-powered expert group which carried out the review of the Department of Justice was composed of individuals with wide-ranging experience acros(...)

2Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald pictured at a press conference today after the publication of the Report of the Independent Review Group on the Department of Justice. Photograph: Aidan Crawley. 1:31

A review of the Department of Justice has found a “closed, secretive” culture and recommends a “programme for fundamental and sustained organisational(...)