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Ictu says employers in some sectors such as accommodation, food and retail are seeking to ‘work people as hard as they can for as long as they can for as little as they can’. Photograph: iStock

Employers in some sectors such as accommodation, food and retail are seeking to “work people as hard as they can for as long as they can for as little(...)

Development that has led to loss of habitat, climate change, overfishing, pollution and invasive species is causing a biodiversity crisis, scientists say in a new United Nations science report released on Monday. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP

‘If we were coal miners,” President Michael D Higgins told Ireland’s first National Biodiversity Conference last February, “we would be up to our knee(...)

“In the near future . . . ladybirds, robins, bees and dandelions may only be learned about through pictures,” says Senator Grace O’Sullivan.

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has called on the Government to declare “a climate and biodiversity” emergency following the publication of the latest (...)

The Bord na Móna case would be watched closely by workers and communities elsewhere – such as Moneypoint where the ESB has a large power station – and serve as a litmus test for how Ireland manages the transition and ensures decent jobs.

The Government and Bord na Móna have been criticised for failing to genuinely pursue a “just transition” to a decarbonised economy, especially when a (...)

Lack of regulation keeps peat moss prices down and benefits British consumers – at a high price for Ireland.  Photograph: Pfeiffer Studios

Every year an area of peat bog the size of the Curragh is shaved off, loaded on to lorries and quietly shipped to the United Kingdom and Europe. Thous(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue: the second-largest dividend last year was paid by the DAA, totalling €37.4 million, according to the Minister. Photograph: Alan Betson

Commercial semi-State companies last year paid out dividends of €261.19 million to the State, according to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue. This (...)

Richard Boyd Barrett: he said  they had to discuss how to respond to the Government’s  “baby steps”  on climate change

Support for increased carbon taxes by the all-party Committee on Climate Action was “ill-judged”, People Before Profit has said. The party is to step(...)

The cross-party committee recommends scaling up adoption of renewable energy.

The Climate Action Committee report on addressing climate change has 40 recommendations, adding up to a fundamental redirection in how Ireland respond(...)

‘A bank of turbines however is totally incompatible with these goals and would effectively negate any sense of unique identity which would be essential for the success of the Wilderness Park,’ the IWT  said. File photograph: Getty Images

Plans to install 24 wind turbines on bog land in Co Longford defeat the purpose of providing a home for endangered bird species, the Irish Wildlife Tr(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman Barry Cowen said constituencies such as his own of Offaly, where Bord na Móna has a significant presence, could see its industries affected. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil has warned it will not support any carbon tax increases in the budget unless the money raised is reinvested in affected communities and m(...)

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