Protesters hold placards during a march for the climate on sidelines of the COP24 summit on December 8th in Katowice, Poland. Photograph:  Janek Skarzynski /Getty Images

Ireland’s performance on climate action in response to global warming has been ranked as the worst in the EU and among the worst in the world in a maj(...)

Environmental activists hold letters “Save the climate, save the people” in front of a  church in Imielin near Katowice, Poland, during the COP24 climate  conference. Photograph:  Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski

The pace of negotiations at the UN climate talks has quickened in advance of politicians returning to Katowice in Poland this weekend. An attempt to f(...)

Tinkering with the Constitution for political advantage or to court popularity would be very damaging. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government has committed to holding two more constitutional referendums on the same day as the European and local elections next May. One will see(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan speaks to the crowd outside Leinster House during a demonstration demanding action to tackle climate change. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Climate change is “a challenge unlike any other” facing the world because it is happening much quicker than anticipated, a protest rally outside Leins(...)

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, has signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term trajectory for carbon tax increases out to 2030” in future budgets

The Government has backed off any increase in carbon tax, but Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton was critical of Minister for Health Simon Harris’ speech to the Dáil following the result of the referendum. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said doctors opposed to abortion should not be forced to refer women seeking terminations to other physicians. Mr Br(...)

Ruth McGowan: “The things that interest me are more pronounced this year. Like programming a bunch of parties, programming a bunch of club nights.”

Ruth McGowan, the new artistic director of the Dublin Fringe Festival, picks up the thick brochure of her programme and pauses before opening. For the(...)

Rosie, in the bathroom that she built with her late husband. “I mixed the bricks and mortar with my husband and handed it up to him on the ladder,” she says. The 88 year-old woman, who fled a Dublin nursing home in 2016, has returned happily to the home she bought with her late husband in 1954

The first time Rosie tried to “escape” from the nursing home, she packed her suitcase and sat by the door for nine hours, refusing food, water and med(...)

EirGrid chief executive Mark Foley in the company’s National Control Room in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Leaving his post with the Dublin Airport Authority in 2008 after the construction of Terminal 2, Mark Foley believed the airport’s needs were sorted f(...)

A new Oireachtas committee on climate change is to be established. File photograph: Getty Images

Actions to address climate change are rarely of sufficient significance to offer realistic hope that Ireland can redeem an appalling record in meeting(...)

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