Shell’s gas terminal in Erris

Two State investigations are under way into the release of odourless gas into the natural gas supply in the west of Ireland after a “technical fault”(...)

Minister for  Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten warned that Brexit made it now essential that Ireland ramp up its production of renewable energy as much of our energy is sourced through the UK.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A Renewable Energy Incentive scheme to be announced in the Budget will not make the same mistakes as the North’s “cash for ash” scandal, the Minister(...)

Minister for Environment Denis Naughten: consumers “must have confidence” fees for disposal of waste tyres are standardised and used for intended purpose. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Details of a new regulatory system for disposal of “end-of-life” tyres have been announced by Minister for Environment Denis Naughten, who is to push (...)

Mr Flanagan said the selection of candidates for the post will be handled by the Policing Authority “independent of government.”  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Applications for Nóirín O’Sullivan’s replacement as garda commissioner will be considered from inside and outside the force, Minister for Justice Char(...)

Garda commissioner: Nóirín O’Sullivan will be entitled to a lump sum of almost €290,000 and a pension of €90,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government believes the new Garda commissioner will need to be paid about €300,000, or 65 per cent more than the current salary, if strong interna(...)

Three Ministers have stated the Policing Authority examination of the falsification of Garda breath test figures and the wrongful conviction of 14,500 people for motoring offences would decide their next course of action regarding the affair. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Government Ministers have stressed the required action will be taken when an independent report on the exaggeration of breath test figures by gardaí i(...)

An internal Garda report released on Wednesday found that 3,498,400 breath tests were recorded on the Garda’s Pulse computer system from June 2009 to April 2017, when only 2,040,179 were recorded on alcohol testing devices. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said it was the “Independent policing authority’s” responsibility to deal with recent Garda malpractice, after an(...)

A €1 million fund to help local authorities remove the blight of dumped stockpiles, estimated to total 750,000 end-of-life tyres, was announced by Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten last month

A new disposal scheme “will do nothing to stem the stockpiles of illegally-dumped tyres around the country” when it comes into effect next month, the (...)

 The sun rising  beyond a wind farm. The restructuring of subsidies provides for a wide range of energy sources but is “technology agnostic”, ie it does not favour one energy source over another. Photograph:  Getty Images

Home-owners and businesses are set to face a significant increase in electricity costs to help pay for new subsidies for renewable energy under an ove(...)

Residents wade through floodwaters in Houston, Texas, US, this week. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

The US National Weather Service is not noted for alarmist pronouncements. So when it tweeted that Hurricane Harvey was unprecedented and that “al(...)