A section of the Corrib gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has turned down requests for an oral hearing into a revised licence sought by Shell E&P Ireland for the (...)

Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has bowed to criticism from environmental groups by moving to address the absence of specific emission targets in its climate change Bi(...)

Bríd McGarry, a  Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were  jailed  in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“You’ve gone very quiet up there.” North Mayo resident Mary Corduff reckons that if she had a euro for every time she heard this remark over the past (...)

The Environmental Protection Agency’s legal costs  rose by more than 34 per cent between 2013 and 2014.

Legal costs incurred by the Environmental Protection Agency have risen dramatically over the last 10 years, from €123,000 in 2005 to almost €1.44 mill(...)

The EPA says it carries out “detailed quality checks” on submitted data before reporting to the European Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

The energy, mineral and chemical industry sectors reported the largest quantity of pollutant releases in 2013, figures published by the Environmental (...)

Many experts believe the ambitions of Irish agriculture, the main contributor to our emissions, in the post-milk-quota era are not reconcilable with State targets.

The establishment of a new advisory council on climate change initiates what many hope will be a significant change in Government policy around the is(...)

A new advisory council on climate change, tasked with overseeing Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy, has been established by Minister for Environment Alan Kelly.

A new advisory council on climate change, tasked with overseeing Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy, has been established by Minister for En(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: he told the committee the proposals to establish domestic mitigation targets did not take into account the legally-binding targets already imposed on Ireland by the EU

Amendments seeking the removal of four State-backed agencies from the new expert group on climate change have been ruled out of order by the Oireac(...)

A farmer at work in the US. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture has heard that genetically modified (GM) technologies, such as those used in the US,  are  an important tool to help feed the world. File photograph: Getty Images

Genetically modified (GM) technologies are not a panacea for all of our ills, but they are certainly an important tool to help feed the world, the Jo(...)

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly, at the publishing of   a new national strategy to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water. Photograph: Dave Meehan

As many as 200,000 houses in the State built during and before the 1970s may face health risks from lead pipes, according to official figures. The N(...)