Smokers face yet another 50 cent hike in the price of 20 cigarettes, bringing the most popular brands to €14.

Drivers and smokers will contribute most of the €270 million that the Government hopes to raise from extra taxes announced in Budget 2021. A carbon (...)

The Cabinet comes with many changes to departments and these may alter the traditional roles of secretary-generals. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

At last we have a government and progress in many areas, which had stalled, can restart. The detailed programme for government involves many planned i(...)

Green Party members Malcolm Noonan,  Eamon Ryan and Roderick O’Gorman  at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government’s decision to move responsibility for nature and biodiversity to the Department of Housing has been strongly objected to by a broad ran(...)

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin is now Minister   for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

A new Taoiseach was elected on Saturday and a range of new Ministers were appointed. Here’s all you need to know about them: Micheál Martin - Taoisea(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announcing on Friday, outside Fine Gael headquarters in Dublin, that the party’s members had voted in favour of the programme for government. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

The make-up of the new Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael-Green Party Cabinet will be keenly watched, with work not yet fully completed on the exact structures of (...)

 Eoghan Murphy is expected to take up a position which will link the Fine Gael party organisation and the parliamentary party. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is not expected to be a senior or junior minister in a new coalition government between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and (...)

 Minister for   Environment Richard Bruton said he was extremely concerned with reports of increased illegal dumping. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Illegal dumping is on the increase nationally with almost all local authorities reporting a rise in both fly tipping at known blackspots, and litterin(...)

The Government’s electric cars plan was criticised at a conference hosted by the Irish Bioenergy Association   on Wednesday in Dublin. Photograph:  Alexander Becher/EPA

The Government’s plan to have 1 million electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2030 is “laudable but totally unrealistic”, “near impossible to achieve” a(...)

Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Merseyside in the UK in 2011. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

The Government will not support any grant application for EU funding by the Shannon liquefied natural gas (LNG)project until “a security of supply rev(...)

Doctors who gathered earlier this week to protest in support of Extinction Rebellion  in  London to highlight deaths caused by air pollution.  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Europe’s air is getting cleaner but nine out of 10 Europeans living in cities still breathe air which is harmful for their health, according to a Euro(...)

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