Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment,  Richard Bruton was not in his department during a two-hour sit in during a climate action protest. File photograph: Tom Honan

More than 40 activists occupied the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Dublin on Friday for almost two hours, and called (...)

Reports at the weekend suggested former minister for communications Denis Naughten believed he should return to the Cabinet as he had been exonerated by the Smyth report. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Senior officials from the Department of Communications expect to make a recommendation on the national broadband plan in the coming weeks, the confide(...)

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(...)

Tony O’Reilly, chief executive of  Providence Resources. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Taisce could continue its High Court challenge to a Government decision to grant Providence Resources a permit to survey the area around its Barryr(...)

Sixteen per cent of the packaging waste produced in 2018 was plastic. Photograph: Getty Images/File photo

International online retailers have created more than 10,000 tonnes of waste within the Irish market this year but are not “paying a cent” towards the(...)

Eirgrid needs to tie its end points in Kildare and Meath together.That could mean building a new high-voltage overhead line, or putting the cables underground. Photograph: iStock

Eirgrid, the State company that operates the national electricity grid, has to balance the result of two long-standing policies. One is to encourage t(...)

Tony O’Reilly junior of Providence Resource: the group,  and its partner Chinese group Apec, are preparing to drill in the Barryroe prospect south of Kinsale Head in Cork. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Environmentalists will next month challenge a permit granted to Providence Resources in a move that could hit the group’s plans to exploit an oil disc(...)

 20 species of whales, dolphin and porpoises were recorded, with  2,200 aerial sightings  confirmed by the ObSERVE Programme.

A three-year survey which included recording the sounds of whales, dolphins and porpoises deep in marine waters off the Irish coast has generated a va(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale embrace after the game against New Zealand at the Aviva on Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

RTÉ has agreed a sub-licensing deal with Eir Sport for the rights to 14 live matches in next year’s Rugby World Cup. They include all of Ireland’s gam(...)

Denis Naughten: An independent audit found the National Broadband Plan has not been fatally undermined by private meetings the former minister for communications  had with the sole remaining bidder. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What is happening with the National Broadband Plan (NBP)? It hasn’t been abandoned, that’s what. An independent audit of the process has found that i(...)

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