Green Party  leader Eamon Ryan with Catherine Martin TD: “One of the reasons why Ireland is now ranking so low in international climate action league tables is because we are seen in Europe as one of the countries which is trying to block new clean energy solutions,” he said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Environmental groups and the Green Party have accused the Government of refusing to back EU proposals to allow community groups and householders to ge(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron poses for a selfie with volunteers and spectators at  the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn.  Photograph: EPA

The model of the Citizens Assembly should be adopted internationally so politicians and citizens can consider difficult issues on actions to counter c(...)

The Irish Wind Farmers Association said Ireland was well positioned to capitalise on its location at the western edge of Europe to rely on wind energy. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s lack of a detailed policy plan for wind energy means the country will end up “back-sliding” on its targets to such a degree it will not achi(...)

Billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has since 2010 spent $164 million on a campaign to end coal-burning in the US. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Last week war-torn Syria belatedly signed up to the Paris climate accord, leaving the United States as the only country not to support the framework (...)

The constitutional article on the special position of women in the home has ‘never truly been tested’ in the courts, a law lecturer has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The constitutional article on the special position of women in the home has “never truly been tested” in the courts as a “protective guarantee” requir(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael National Conference in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed support for the idea of an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland and has reaffirmed a commitment to holding an a(...)

Europe needs to “urgently get off gas”, if it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to global warming – and to comply with internatio(...)

Chair of the Citizen’s Assembly,  the Honourable Ms Mary Laffoy: the 13 proposed measures that emerged are rooted in pragmatism vital for what’s immediately facing Ireland and the world. Photograph: Tom Honan.

The recommendations made by the Citizens’ Assembly have the potential to achieve the kind of societal transformation necessary for Ireland to play its(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly is to be commended for its efforts in considering the immensely challenging issue of climate change and what needs to be done i(...)

Members of the Dublin Youth Dance Company perform a Dance for Climate Action to highlight the proceedings of the Citizens’ Assembly at Malahide. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Citizens’ Assembly members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture despite the opposition of the Iri(...)

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