Solidarity TD Paul Murphy: said low-paid workers would pay for new communications unit. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy said the budget had revealed how people on social welfare and low-paid workers would pay for the Government’s spin. It had (...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. The controversial grant scheme for first-time buyers is to remain almost completely unchanged in next week’s budget

The controversial grant scheme for first-time buyers is to remain almost completely unchanged in next week’s budget despite previous consideration of (...)

To achieve  2030 targets, annual emission reduction efforts will need to increase by half in the next decade, a European Court of Auditors report has found. File photograph: Getty Images

The EU’s critical greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets for 2030 and 2050 “will not be achieved without significant additional efforts”, ac(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Environmentalism and responding to climate change cannot remain the sole responsibility of the Green Party and must become an integral part of all gov(...)

Joe Costello, the Labour Party’s  spokesman on urban regeneration: Landlords “would quickly tear down the dividing walls and revert to type”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is being urged by Opposition parties not to revoke a ban on bedsits amid signals that Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy will announce (...)

Treatment plant: Irish Water says more of its customers now have a “safe, secure water supply”. Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty

Irish Water has defended its management of threats to water quality after a drinking-water report found that supplies serving 700,000 people are at ri(...)

The River Shannon at Athlone: With only half of all Irish rivers and lakes deemed to be in a healthy state, environmental groups have called for a more robust approach to stopping water pollution and to preventing deterioration in pristine waters.

With only half of all Irish rivers and lakes deemed to be in a healthy state, environmental groups have called for a more robust approach to stopping (...)

 Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters Nosayba, Somaia, Omaima, Fatima and Khadija with their children Aisha, Sundus and Hamza protesting along with members of Amnesty International outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin on August 17th to mark the fourth anniversary of his arrest. Photograph: Alan Betson

The family of Ibrahim Halawa have expressed concern over the latest delay in concluding the trial of the young Irish man and the effects this is havin(...)

Newspapers can go in the recycling bin (generally green). Photograph: Getty

When it comes to managing our bins, many of us are rubbish. But then it’s not like we get much help from the State, the waste management companies or (...)

 Hot topic: Al Gore in a scene from his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”. The film presents the former US vice-president’s case about the dangers of global warming. Photograph: Paramount Classics/Eric Lee/AP

The release in 2006 of the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth was a surprise box office and critical hit, as well as a landmark moment in raising (...)