A Right2Water  demonstration in Dublin. Unfounded concerns about privatisation “contributed to the creation of a climate of uncertainty and mistrust”, concludes an expert group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

This week’s Report of the Expert Commission on Domestic Water Services is short – just 63 pages, most of them taken up with a history of key events, a(...)

A European Union standard, outlined in 2009, is aimed at driving cross-border energy trading across the bloc

The State is set to miss an already delayed European Union target of reforming its wholesale energy market with the North next year, in a move aimed (...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said it was “madness” to introduce a charge that had no consequences for excessive water use. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney says the taxpayer could end up paying more for water if the expert commission’s recommendations are implemented. S(...)

 Protesters demonstrating against water charges in Dublin city centre last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Don’t tell me water charges are back in the news again. I thought we were done with that? Oh yes, water charges are back because a report by an exper(...)

Solar panels at the Les Mees solar power plant in southern France. A  Cork company was granted permission for a 32-acre solar power plant without any prior consultation with the local residents. File photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

A community group in Co Cork is calling on the Government to develop national planning guidelines for large-scale solar developments after a company w(...)

Garrett Fitzgerald: “For me, it is about creativity and enjoyment, enjoying the end result but actually enjoying the process of cooking too.”

He doesn’t look much like the typical late vocation chef or restaurateur, but then Brother Hubbard and Sister Sadie, the much-loved Dublin food busine(...)

Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris, his son Jamie and Rory Cowan  hold carbon monoxide alarms. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Six people are likely to die from carbon monoxide poisoning in Ireland over the next 12 months, campaigners say. A leak of the gas can kill a person(...)

Water protests: The European Commission has warned that Ireland could face fines because of the decision to suspend water charges. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has proposed that the water system be paid for through general taxation and that the principle of charging for usage should be abolished f(...)

There are around 1.7 million households in the Republic and at least half have remained (foolishly) loyal to their electricity and gas suppliers over the last five years. Photograph: iStockphoto

Irish consumers have collectively wasted close to €1 billion over the last five years by spending way more than necessary to heat and light their home(...)

Wind energy: one of the biggest beneficiaries from the rise in the Public Service Obligation. Photograph: EPA/JENS BUETTNER

The Government is facing growing pressure to end a costly system of supports for the renewable energy industry that has drawn criticism from some majo(...)

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