Unesco has called for a halt to the development of a controversial £100 million golf resort on Northern Ireland’s north coast, it was revealed (...)

The move to ban wild animals in circuses in Britain was prompted by one owner’s mistreatment of an elephant.

Circus owners will be barred from using wild animals in their acts in Britain by December 2015, under restrictions announced y(...)

Wistful dog photograph of the day. Photograph: Robb Kendrick/The New York Times

Over 10,500 dogs and puppies were voluntarily handed over to the pound system last year because their owners no longer wanted them. Such animal(...)

Dolphins in the Shannon off Money Point, Co Clare. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The European Commission has asked the Government to explain why seismic surveying currently under way off the west coast is not subject to the (...)

Minister of State for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock. “If you were to bring people into the local property tax then it has to be done on the basis that those estates are complete. You need a consistency across the country.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Coalition Minister has admitted the Government made a “mess” of how it handled the announcement of which estates would be exempt from the propert(...)

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