Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan (left) at  the site of a fire in Wicklow Mountains National Park last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A plan to transform the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) with substantially increased resources to help arrest species loss and habitat de(...)

A worsening water quality crisis was leading to loss of nature, swimming bans, and drinking-water contamination, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The quality of water in many Irish rivers, lakes and estuaries is unacceptably poor, while a plan on river basin management does not offer realistic h(...)

The practical questions are considerable, politically tricky and encompass far more than providing a budget for the mayor and staff. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Talk of a directly-elected mayor for Dublin has often seemed like a road to nowhere. The debate has gone on and on, seemingly forever, yet the promise(...)

A  donation coordinated by the HSE includes 10,000 bio protection suits, 50,000 medical protective masks and 2,583 litres of disinfectant. Photograph: EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Blood bags, protective suits, masks and disinfectants are among medical items provided by Ireland in response to requests for help from Ukraine. The (...)

Checking seagrass off the Irish coast. Photograph: Dave Wall

The presence or absence of sub-tidal or inter-tidal seagrass beds on sandy stretches of the Irish coastline has become a hot topic. The value of seag(...)

E.coli. Photograph: Getty

One in 20 private water supplies were found to be contaminated with E.coli bacteria in 2020, threatening the health of thousands of people, the Enviro(...)

Showers pass across the Dublin Mountains as seen from Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Schools, colleges, and early education services in nine counties will close on Friday due to a “multi-hazard” weather event during Storm Eunice, the G(...)

The Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee will hear about the impact of Covid-19 measures on construction activity. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Department of Housing was left with €214 million in unspent funds at the end of 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 measures on construction ac(...)

The Custom House, Dublin city, circa 1860s

Fascinating as their contents may be, museums are often just as interesting as an excuse to explore intriguing buildings. For every visitor to the exh(...)

The State’s stock of social housing rose by just 9,753 to 141,128 units between January 2017 and December 2020, according to the National Oversight and Audit Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s social housing stock rose by fewer than 10,000 units between 2017 and 2020, according to the National Oversight and Audit Commission. T(...)

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