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The evidence consistently shows that strong traditional sanction-based enforcement is critical to environmental protection. File photograph: Getty

Across the globe, environmental enforcement agencies have been adopting new strategies designed to encourage companies to go beyond achieving basic co(...)

Dinah Busher: ‘If there isn’t a deal done to allow us to continue to fish in UK waters, then that’s all off limits to us and we’re losing out on five months of income.’ Photograph: Niall Duffy/West Cork Photo

The sky is an azure blue above Hungry Hill and a bright, silvery sun dances on the glass-like waters of Castletownbere Harbour, but the serene setting(...)

The watchdog says there are currently 1.2 dedicated acute mental health beds for every 100,000 older people in the country. Photograph: iStock

Older people in Ireland are suffering a mental health “perfect storm” stirred up by the pandemic and an alarming dearth of services, the State’s menta(...)

Smog caused by burning smoky coal and peat fires pollutes the air over a housing estate in Dublin, in 1988. File photograph: Tom Stoddart/ Getty

Despite a 30-year smoky coal ban, Dublin once again earned its “dirty old town” reputation during a weekend with pollution levels in Rathmines and Rin(...)

Keira Bell (23), who began taking puberty blockers when she was 16 before ‘detransitioning’, outside the court in London. Photograph: Sam Tobin/PA Wire

A British court on Tuesday cast serious doubt on whether under-16s will continue to be able to take puberty-blocking drugs in a landmark trial that ha(...)

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in The Undoing. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/HBO

Monday night’s finale of The Undoing, on Sky Atlantic, finally wrapped up the programme’s modest mystery (Who murdered Elena Alves?), tickled us one l(...)

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora remains confident Ireland have a winning coaching team in place. File photograph: Inpho

David Nucifora, the IRFU High Performance Director, has confirmed that “over 50 per cent” of the provinces’ professional playing pool are out of contr(...)

Ireland v Georgia: The scrums were shambolic and referee Mathieu Raynal penalised incessantly, without ever changing player behaviour.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The Aviva Stadium saw a poor, grim performance by Ireland, way, way below their international Tier One status. Very hard to watch. Georgia can be more(...)

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork. Photograph: Google Street View

President Michael D Higgins has praised the Church of Ireland community in Cork for its work in ensuring that St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in the city has(...)

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson feels VAR is not doing what was promised and it lacks consistency. Photograph: Getty Images)

Andy Robertson has said players and fans are falling out of love with football because of VAR and ex-professionals should be tasked with reviewing it(...)

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