Ireland’s huge livestock population means about a third of its greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture

Cattle eat grass and emit tonnes of greenhouse gases, making it difficult for Ireland to meet its international climate-change commitments. However(...)

Inishbofin Island, Co Galway, which is famed for its “pirate presence” of Grace O’Malley . Photograph: Frank Miiller/The Irish Times

Inishbofin has become the first Irish island to receive an international ecotourism award. The Ecotourism award, which will be presented today to a (...)

The Vartry Reservoir in County Wicklow where a 153-year-old tunnel at Callow Hill is a “very vulnerable part” of the water supply system for the capital, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The interminable wrangle over Irish Water has put the public good at the mercy of political expediency. Whatever happens next serious damage has alrea(...)

Galway Harbour Company’s decision after the Buncrana deaths to limit access to its slipway has aroused criticism from water users.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Five weeks after five members of one family died when their car skidded into Lough Swilly, the Department of the Environment has issued no specific di(...)

Northern Ireland Green Party leader Steven Agnew pledged at the party’s election manifesto launch to ‘bring about an end to the waste of money, time and opportunity at Stormont’. Photograph: Green Party NI website.

The Green Party, launching its manifesto for the Northern Assembly elections, has called for a “zero waste strategy” for Northern Ireland. The Green(...)

An artist’s impression of the proposed waste-to-energy facility

Waste management company Indaver has said it is confident that its €160 million hazardous waste incinerator planned for Ringaskiddy will have a “negli(...)

Matthias Mueller, chief executive of German car maker Volkswagen

Volkswagen has said there will be no need for a trial this summer over damages related to its rigging of 600,000 diesel vehicles to cheat pollution co(...)

An Irish man has been arrested in Malaga, Spain under a European arrest warrant instigated by authorities in Ireland.

An Irish man has been arrested in Malaga, Spain under a European arrest warrant instigated by authorities in Ireland. The formerly Dublin-based, busi(...)

The Vartry lower reservoir, at Roundwood, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans have been drawn up to upgrade the 150-year-old water treatment plant at the Vartry reservoir in Co Wicklow, at a cost of up to €200 million. I(...)

Irish Water has been given an extra week to decide how it will plead in a prosecution brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the utility’s failure to ensure sewage waste from a treatment plant did not cause pollution.

Irish Water has been given an extra week to decide how it will plead in a prosecution brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the ut(...)