Shell’s objection takes issue with aspects of nine conditions attached to the revised licence which the EPA is likely to grant. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Shell E&P Ireland is author of one of eight objections submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a revised emissions licence fo(...)

The HSE and EPA say that running the cold tap before use can lower the level of lead, if it is present in drinking water.

A national policy to address the problem of lead contamination of drinking water will be published in the coming months, Irish Water has said.Tests on(...)

Irish Water conducts random sampling of “customer properties” to ensure compliance with regulations on lead. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Lead contamination levels up to 80 times the legal limit have been detected in drinking water in Dublin.Irish Water has identified the 20 homes in the(...)

Sinéad Cullen assembling an installation as part of the exhibition Home/Sick at the Science Gallery in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Home is a place of safety and comfort, a space where happiness is assured. Or is it? It is a place of refuge but also of risk, a place where you ca(...)

Poor quality: Chris Shanahan hopes a new waste-water treatment plant will make Clifden Bay safe to bathe in again

Clifden has had a pollution problem. Overflow from the local waste-water treatment plant has seeped into Clifden Bay, making it unsuitable for bathing(...)

A student volunteer in a Captain America costume sweeps the ground during a campaign to clean the streets to mark Earth Day 2015, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

On Wednesday, as Ireland basked in temperatures hovering at about 20 degrees celcius in a very early spell of warm weather, many of us probably entert(...)

Cleaning up the beaches

Optimism is to be encouraged. But looking only on the positive side can have negative consequences, particularly where water pollution and public amen(...)

Ireland’s 136 identified bathing waters now have to meet standards almost twice as strict as those which previously applied. Three-quarters of Irish bathing waters qualified for the new classification of “excellent’’ quality. File photograph:  Thinkstock/Getty Images

A total of 94 per cent of Irish bathing waters are meeting stricter new EU standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.“Overall, the(...)

Great lake: mayflies’ sudden emergence from the water and nuptial swarmings have signalled the launch of anglers eager to catch trout with imitation mayflies of their own. Illustration: Michael Viney

The mayflies that dance above the lakes of late spring are of the insect order called Ephemeroptera: they hatch, fly, mate, lay eggs on the water and (...)

Anti-fracking protesters at a demonstration in Co Fermanagh last year. Photograph: Boyes/Press Eye.

The lead company employed to carry out a study on fracking in Ireland is a pro-fracking organisation involved in the controversial gas extraction meth(...)