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Former minister for health Mary Harney: showed real leadership in reorganisation of cancer services, in spite of significant local opposition. Photograph: James Horan/Collins

The transfer of responsibility for climate change in 2016 from the Department of the Environment and Local Government to the former department of comm(...)

US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin  speaks during a panel session on the closing day of the World Economic Forum   in Davos. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that he expects to begin negotiations with China on a so-called phase two trade deal soon, with Wa(...)

 Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) marches during a “Friday for future” youth demonstration in a street of Davos  on the sideline of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that he expects to begin negotiations with China on a so-called phase two trade deal soon, with Wa(...)

US president Donald Trump arrives to hold a news conference at the 50th World Economic Forum   in Davos. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The organisers may have made sure that they wouldn’t bump into each other but the worlds of Swedish teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump, (...)

Larry Fink says BlackRock would ‘be increasingly disposed’ to cast critical proxy votes tied to sustainability. Photograph:  Michael Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times

BlackRock chief executive Larry Fink warned company boards to step up efforts to tackle climate change, a significant shift by the world’s top asset (...)

‘It’s definitely true that right now every one of us should think hard about whether or not we need to take a flight,’ says Virgin Group chief executive Josh Bayliss

The other day, the chief executive of a well known global company did something unusual. He said people should ask themselves if they really needed to(...)

Dollymount, Dublin. Throughout Ireland, extreme weather has brought more frequent and severe storms, increased flooding, droughts and wildfires, with all their negative consequences. File photograph: Eric Luke

Since the collapse of the Roman Empire a millennium and a half ago, much time and research has gone into trying to understand its causes. Many explana(...)

“Carbon taxes will discourage future developments that involve lengthy commutes by car. However, there is a challenge of how best to support those already caught in this situation.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If we want to ensure the cost of fuel reflects its impact on the planet through raising carbon tax, there needs to be public acceptance that this is b(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue  shakes hands with Seán O’Rourke before the “Today with Seán O’Rourke” programme on RTÉ Radio 1, on Wednesday. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Every minister for finance likes to have some measure, however small, that they can unveil on budget day without it having been endlessly leaked and a(...)

William Nordhaus  after winning the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences at Yale University on Monday. Photograph:  Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

A study of the economics profession in the United States, undertaken a number of years ago, found that academic papers in economics rarely referred to(...)

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