How geothermal energy can be deployed. Illustration: Sarah Cheney/National Geographic

Harnessing natural energy from beneath the Earth’s surface presents a significant new heat source for Ireland, and is suitable for use in residential,(...)

Government intervention is needed to overcome market failures that could lead to otherwise sub-optimal take-up,  notes a departmental report. File photograph: Getty

The plan to spend €8.7 billion on 500,000 deep retrofits, along with installing 400,000 renewable heat systems in homes, is “one of the most challengi(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at a press conference in Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Covid and green issues were the issues that grabbed readers’ attention in Budget 2021 as was to be expected with both issues central to this year’s tw(...)

The Cabinet comes with many changes to departments and these may alter the traditional roles of secretary-generals. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

At last we have a government and progress in many areas, which had stalled, can restart. The detailed programme for government involves many planned i(...)

Green Party members Malcolm Noonan,  Eamon Ryan and Roderick O’Gorman  at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government’s decision to move responsibility for nature and biodiversity to the Department of Housing has been strongly objected to by a broad ran(...)

Mr Donal Justice O’Donnell said wind farms were substantial developments. “Substantial enterprises should be expected to respect the adjudications of the court,” he said.

The Supreme Court has put a conditional stay on an order overturning permission for a wind farm development in Co Cork. The stay applies until An Bor(...)

Oh Mona, Robert Ballagh, print, (detail) €100-€150

The final 160 lots from the Patrick and Antoinette Murphy collection, along with a further 100 pieces of art, will be offered in an online sale by Ada(...)

Cork County Council had in 2016 granted permission on conditions for an 11 turbine development but that was quashed in earlier High Court proceedings. File photograph: Getty

The Supreme Court has overturned An Bord Pleanála’s approval for a planned Co Cork windfarm development after finding the board erred in failing to co(...)

Environmental campaigner Flossie Donnelly, up to her neck in single use plastic during a protest by Sick of Plastic campaigners at the Department of the Environment on Adelaide Road. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New levies due to be introduced on disposable cups and plastic bags are not a “grab for money”, the Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richar(...)

Residents at Charleville Sheltered Housing. Photograph:  Michael MacSweeney/Provision

“They wouldn’t let me go home, but I was too well to stay in hospital,” says Margaret Sheehan, describing a dilemma that eventually comes to a lot of (...)

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