An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD along with other Government Ministers, announcing details of Climate Action Plan 2019  on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ireland is to join a majority of other EU members in supporting a carbon neutrality objective for 2050, increasing the chances that a deal will b(...)

Robert Watt: ‘We assume that attendance at the above two committees is sufficient on this occasion’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure Robert Watt has said he will not appear at an Oireachtas committee today to discuss the (...)

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Ireland must follow the UK in committing to achieving “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050, according to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. British prime(...)

Breda Flood, Co Wexford: An active member of the GAA, during winter nighttime games, the air quality is so poor Ms Flood cannot be on the sidelines. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Paula Freeman has run all over the world. A Leinster champion over 200 metres, she has raced in New York, Lanzarote, Tenerife and elsewhere. She train(...)

Niamh (Orla Fitzgerald) and Jen (Lynn Rafferty) in RTÉ’s flagship drama commission for 2018, Taken Down, produced by Spiral Pictures. Photograph: Bernard Walsh

RTÉ received 732 pitches for television programmes from independent production companies last year and commissioned 121 of them, or about one in six p(...)

A total of 1,500 premature deaths in Ireland are directly attributable each year to poor air quality. Photograph: Alan Betson

The high volume of traffic on Irish roads combined with the spread of polluted European air masses is creating a “major environmental health issue” in(...)

It has emerged that the costs of the National Broadband Plan will stay on the State balance sheet

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is set to cost taxpayers €700 million between 2021 and 2023, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said. In rep(...)

White goods dumped on the Great South Wall in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Prosecution for littering offences is both ineffective and inadequate in Ireland, according to new research which reveals fewer than half of littering(...)

Conceived during the crisis, the broadband plan was designed to minimise the up-front cost. Whether that is now the best option to deliver long-term value for money is the question.

The Government is battling to win support for its broadband plan – welcomed through much of rural Ireland, but attacked by its own senior officials an(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is among the advocates for the broadband plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Major value-for-money reports on the National Broadband Plan consistently overestimated by €1 billion costs facing the operator. The error in the cos(...)

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