The Minister for the Environment said the Government was examining ways to make the agriculture sector carbon neutral. Photograph: Reuters

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has said the Government’s new climate change legislation is “unequivocal” in committing Ireland to all (...)

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte says energy policy will be published shortly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A green paper on future energy policy for Ireland will be published within the next month or so, Minister for (...)

 Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny celebrating his election in the Mayo constituency in February 2011.  File pPhotograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government is now approaching the anniversary of its third year in power and its default response to all criticism that everything was the fault o(...)

Irish Water chief executive John Tierney and other senior staff will attend an Oireachtas committee hearing tomorrow. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A member of the Oireachtas Environment Committee has said it will not accept a refusal by Irish Water to divulge details of its €50m expenditure on(...)

Minister of State for Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd said the consumer was “at the heart” of the legislation drawn up to create Irish Water. Photograph: Eric Luke

All decisions taken by Irish Water, including those around its establishment, should come under the Freedom of Information Act, according to Minist(...)

Abolishing the Seanad is only part of the promised reforms

The biggest hurdle the Government faces in its campaign to abolish Seanad Éireann will be to show how it can change another largely unreformed institu(...)

The Government has accepted the recommendation of the constitutional convention to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 and has committed that the matt(...)

Drax Power Station near Selby in YorkCarbon prices dropped by about 40 per cent to €2.63 a tonne immediately after the vote, though recovered to over €3 by early afternoon. According to some analysts, a carbon price of up to €50 a tonne could be necessary to encourage users to move from coal to more environmentally friendly energy sources.

Carbon prices fell to a record low yesterday after MEP’s voted against proposals to intervene in the carbon credit market by b(...)