British energy minister Matthew Hancock. The legislation before the Commons seeks to maximise ‘the economic recovery’ of the UK’s energy resources, including shale gas. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Shale gas exploration in the UK should be put on hold because it poses environmental threats and is incompatible with agreed climate-change targets(...)

Peter, Michael, John and Billy Tyrrell: the Tyrrell family has been building boats in Arklow since 1864

Even traditional industries must be prepared to chart new courses if they want to stay afloat, according to Billy Tyrrell, director of Arklow Marine S(...)

The Wicklow gold rush

The year 1795 saw a gold rush in Wicklow as prospectors flocked to the Gold Mines River. Eighty kilograms of gold were recovered in just a few (...)