Simon Coveney: acknowledged it was Green Party ministers such as John Gormley, Eamon Ryan and Trevor Sargent who first introduced the idea of carbon budgets. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The Government has strongly defended its climate action plan at the first of a series of town hall meetings on climate change amid claims the plan is (...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Ireland’s declaration of a climate emergency: ‘It is a gesture, but symbols and gestures matter.’ File photograph: Tom Honan

The declaration of a climate change and biodiversity emergency in Ireland by the Dáil was a “largely symbolic” gesture which must be followed with rea(...)

Speaking in the Dáil chamber, Mr Bruton had warned ‘everyone will have to make changes’. He noted sharp differences over who should pay carbon tax. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Continued use of fossil fuels, notably gas, will be necessary in Ireland in spite of the declaration of a climate emergency by unanimous approval of t(...)

Greenpeace: ‘We are heading towards climate breakdown . . . the Irish Government still have their heads firmly in the sand.’ File photograph: Getty

Eight EU countries, but not Ireland, are to push for increased commitments on climate action at the “future of Europe” summit in Romania on Thursday. (...)

The Government is about to publish its major blueprint on how Ireland will respond to demands of the landmark Paris Agreement and scale up ambition with a view to becoming ‘a climate leader’. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK may dither over Brexit and have an endlessly fractious relationship with the EU, but it is now taking the lead on climate change. Can Ireland k(...)

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(...)

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(...)

The current carbon tax adds about 5.3 cents to a litre of diesel. Photograph: iStock

What is a carbon tax? A carbon tax is a tax on the use of fossil fuels such as oil, petrol, diesel, gas, coal and peat; anything emitting CO2 when it’(...)

A dairy cow fixed with technology that collects and measures methane emissions grazes at Moorepark Teagasc food research centre in Fermoy, Co Cork. Photograph: Rachel Doyle

A fundamental redirection of Irish agriculture, including diversification away from heavy reliance on dairy and beef production, is among the recommen(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said economic evidence had indicated how a fee-and-dividend model of carbon pricing was cash positive for those on lower incomes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin and Solidarity-People Before Profit have been accused of opposing progressive measures to tackle climate change by refusing to endorse a “ca(...)

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