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David Walsh, founder and chief executive of Netwatch: merged the group he founded with two US businesses and one UK firm.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

From significant mergers to multimillion-euro asset sales and important deals, the first three winners of this year’s Irish Times Business Person of t(...)

Bog butter found in Muckanagh, Co Mayo, dated to AD 775 to 895, and with its wooden container and leather wrap. Image copyright of the National Museum of Ireland

The tradition of using bogs to keep butter edible dates back over 3,500 years, according to a new study. It reveals the practice dates back to at le(...)

A mural shows Australian prime minister Scott Morrison holding a lump of coal as it advertises a rally by students across the world to protest against climate change, in Melbourne. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Our climate Our climate has shaped life on Earth for thousands of years. A combination of “the atmosphere, oceans, lands, ice and the life on our pla(...)

The conference heard that what Ireland lacked, was a policy framework to support offshore. File photograph: Bloomberg

Development of offshore wind energy over the next decade would enable Ireland embrace an electric future and decarbonise its heat, transport and indus(...)

According to Dr Mary S Booth, burning wood for energy emit more CO2 per unit of energy generated than coal. File photograph: iStock

Classifying forest biomass as a renewable fuel “fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive”, according to plaintiffs (...)

Minister for  Heritage  Josepha Madigan (right) is pictured at the  National Biodiversity Conference at Dublin Castle with Jane Stout, Professor in Botany at Trinity College Dublin, and Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council. Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography.

A series of 40 actions to address a biodiversity crisis facing Ireland have been announced by a coalition of Government departments, State agencies, e(...)

Barry Andrews is congratulated by two of his children, Kate and Hugh, after being selected to contest the European Elections for Fianna Fáil in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Barry Andrews, confirmed as Fianna Fáil’s European Parliament candidate for the Dublin constituency, hails from party royalty. His father, David Andr(...)

Bees  spend their entire lives feeding on nectar and pollen while helping to fertilise plants. In Ireland there are 100 species of bee; 50%  are in decline, a third are threatened with extinction, Photograph: Getty Images

The evidence is stacking up side by side with confirmation of human-induced global warming: we are living in the sixth age of mass extinction. The com(...)

Ervia chief executive Mike Quinn. Tony Keohane, Ervia’s chairman, said he was “disappointed to lose someone of Mike Quinn’s calibre”. Photograph: Conor McCabe  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Ervia chief executive Mike Quinn will leave the organisation in April to pursue a new career in the private sector. Ervia controls Irish Water and Gas(...)

‘Fuzzy memories of summer holidays spent in Connemara come back to me when I think of the lingering whiff from smoky fires of locally hand-cut sods.’

The turf arrived at our door one Saturday afternoon last January. By turf, I mean the rough-cut sods of peat that burn pungently and cosily in an Iris(...)

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