Chairwoman  of the Climate Action Committee Hildegarde Naughton TD and  Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Substantial progress has been made by an Oireachtas all-party committee on agreeing major steps to decarbonise Ireland and to implement the recommenda(...)

People Before Profit and Sinn Féin oppose any carbon tax increase

What has been described as “a clear fault line” has emerged within the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action over whether carbon taxes should be incr(...)

  Philip Lane, Governor of the Central Bank, was speaking in Galway. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If the pace of transition to a low-carbon economy in Ireland is too slow, it will pose macroeconomic and financial stability risks as sharper adjustme(...)

Heavy traffic in Dublin. The Republic’s climate governance arrangements were not robust enough compared with other countries, Dr Diarmuid Torney said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An Oireachtas committee’s efforts to tackle rising carbon emissions will amount to “a flash in the pan” if it is dissolved in January, according to an(...)

Minister for Climate Action, Richard Bruton. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Carbon tax will have to increase substantially – from €100 per person a year to €1,500 a year – if Ireland is to meet legally-binding targets on reduc(...)

The Government “must take additional actions on an urgent basis on climate change. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment has called the Government’s failure to take more effective measures to address climate c(...)

The fate of peat burning power stations in the Midlands, however, will largely depend on the extent to which the EPA will permit “co-firing of peat with biomass” in coming years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Peat is the most damaging fuel in terms of global warming; even worse than coal. It has a lower calorific value than coal (generating less energy per(...)

Irish households produce just over a fifth of the country’s overall greenhouse gas emissions but pay for 61 per cent of all environmental taxes, new C(...)

Wilson’s Bridge in Buncrana, Co Donegal, destroyed after floods in August 2017. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

“At some stage.” That was Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s response on budget night to the question of when a meaningful carbon tax might be considered. Other(...)

One measure that was widely expected in the budget but did not materialise was an increase in the carbon tax. Photograph: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

What was the combined effect of Tuesday’s budget measures, taken as a whole, on households? Ultimately, it depends on what we take as the appropriate (...)

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