Kilsaran argues the recovery in construction has only taken hold in Dublin. It says it is inconceivable the commission would seek an increase to the levy. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe

A proposed €100 million rise in the State’s green energy levy threatens the recovery in construction, building materials suppliers warn. The Commissi(...)

Ballycumber Wind Farm is seeking injunctions preventing  protesters from impeding, interfering or obstructing works to link the wind farm with the ESB substation. Photograph:  Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Protesters against a Co Wicklow wind farm were putting themselves in danger in a bid to prevent the laying of cables connected to the development, the(...)

Activists attach a banner that reads “Welcome to Fort NOx” to Germany’s ministry of transport as ministers and car executives meet to discuss ways to cut inner-city pollution. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

This week’s stage-managed “diesel summit” in Berlin did little to clean up the tarnished image of the German auto giants. Choreographed presentations (...)

Leo Varadkar at a recent event in Dublin Castle. File photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sat down with the country’s top political journalists, including our very own Mary Minihan, on Friday to talk about everything (...)

Repairing the water network will mean less funding for health and education, economist Colm McCarthy has said. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has the option of prioritising funding the repair of the water network, but it will mean less money for other issues such as health and(...)

The Granahan McCourt-led consortium paid a reported €43 million in 2013 for Enet, whose core business is managing the State’s network of metropolitan area networks in 94 towns around the Republic.

A State-backed fund is set to buy 78 per cent of broadband firm Enet in a deal that values the company, which is among groups vying for lucrative Nati(...)

Lightning over the cathedral in Galway on Tuesday night. Photograph: Paul Wilson

Met Éireann has issued a national yellow weather warning, with heavy rain forecast as well as a risk of thunder and localised flooding. The warning is(...)

People enjoy the good weather in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of Ireland’s most popular seaside towns could find itself in the grip of an ice-cream shortage, on what is set to be one of the hottest summer day(...)

 Third-level colleges are set to face heavy financial penalties for serious breaches. File photograph: PA

Third-level colleges are set to face heavy financial penalties for serious breaches such as unauthorised payments for staff, filing late accounts or g(...)

The project to pump gas ashore from the Corrib field 80km off north Mayo was pioneered by Enterprise Ireland from 1996 and sold to Royal Dutch Shell in 2002

Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed sale of its major share in the Corrib gas field came as little surprise to residents in Erris, Co Mayo whose views are st(...)