COP21: Ireland has the advantage of exploiting renewable energy and not producing fossil fuels. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

There are no jobs on a dead planet. David Begg, former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions summarised things neatly when (...)

The key to a successful building project is proper planning.  Photograph: Thinkstock

My next-door neighbour is erecting a stand-alone structure ie, it is not attached to the side or rear of his house – of about 32.5sq m (350sq ft) a(...)

Chief of Staff Mark Mellett (left) warns over “enemies” of the State gaining advantage. Photograph: Alan Betson

Conor Lally Security and Crime Editor The Defence Forces needed to properly harness the “explosion” of data in modern society or risk making terroris(...)

Impression of the sub-sea observatory at the Galway Bay test site, connected back to shore by a cable which has already been installed. Photograph: SmartBay

A sub-sea observatory is due to be installed in Galway Bay when weather permits, as part of a significant development of the State’s ocean energy tes(...)

Improved insulation and efficient heating systems have cut energy bills by about €250,000 annually

Three offshore islands are outstripping the mainland in their drive to become carbon neutral by 2020. A pilot project involving use of electric cars a(...)

Less than €10 million was provided in grants in 2014 to improve energy efficiency in homes compared to almost €58 million three years earlier, it has (...)

SkySails kite technology can make big savings in energy costs for long-haul cargo ships

Telling someone to go fly a kite has taken on a whole new and more positive meaning. The Defence Forces’ innovation unit is leading a research study t(...)

BMW may just have answered the prayers of well-heeled south Dublin suburban families courtesy of its latest X5 variant. With the introduction of it(...)

Amendments to the Government’s climate change legislation will take the bare look off its commitment to engage seriously with global warming issues at(...)

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(...)