Tourism Ireland’s publicity stunt  promoting “Earth’s Wild Atlantic Way” from space.

Irish tourism has never had it so good with record numbers coming into the State spending record amounts of money last year. But it would be wrong to (...)

The Atlantic Ocean. The State’s first marine management strategy aims to mirror land-based planning in prioritising activities including  fish farms, fisheries, offshore energy projects and marine tourism. Photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Ireland’s first-ever marine spatial plan should avoid becoming a lever for “privatising” coastal resources and should prioritise climate change, accor(...)

 Niall Cussen  is currently the chief planner at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and was involved in the development of the National Planning Framework published earlier this year.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

An independent planning regulator has been appointed by the Government. Niall Cussen will oversee the new Office of the Planning Regulator, which is(...)

The Government has opened a three-month public consultation on what it says would be the most significant reform of the electoral registration process in 100 years: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

The Government has opened a three-month public consultation on what it says would be the most significant reform of the electoral registration proces(...)

James Menton, chairman of St Vincent’s University Hospital,  Minister for Health Simon Harris and Master of the National Maternity Hospital  Dr Rhona Mahony: new EU building rules could force the project to be redesigned, escalating the cost and threatening its future. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This weekend, over five years after the project was unveiled to great political fanfare, not a brick has been laid in the development of Ireland’s lon(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton  said the internet creates opportunities for others to ‘manipulate our thinking’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There are powerful forces that see the internet as presenting a new way of waging war, according to Minister for Communications Richard Bruton. The (...)

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(...)

Joe Healy IFA President: five actions the  Government can take to support farming to deliver on climate mitigation.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

It’s time to “move beyond climate blaming and into climate action” in addressing the issue of carbon emissions arising from agriculture, according to (...)

Traveller housing in Ballymun, Dublin. Seventeen local authorities have between them failed to spend €10.3 million on Traveller housing in the first three-quarters of this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Less than a fifth of funding allocated for Traveller accommodation this year has been spent, and more than half of local authorities have spent nothin(...)

A general view of the Kerry coastline. Ireland’s marine area is ten times its land mass. Photograph: David Sleator/THE IRISH TIMES

A former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) director has urged Ireland to follow Scotland’s example in designing the State’s first plan for its mar(...)

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