With the economy expected to continue its recovery and a number of significant developments due to enter the construction phase, it is likely the number of cranes on Dublin’s skyline will increase. Photograph: Alan Betson

There were 60 construction cranes visible over the centre of Dublin on February 1st from the seventh floor of The Irish Times building on Tara Street.(...)

Much research has been done on how badgers may transmit bTB to cattle, on the impacts of culling, and the effectiveness of the vaccine alternative. The outcomes are not definitive. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Few stories in the Irish environmental and agricultural worlds are as thorny and long running as the debate about culling badgers to limit the spread (...)

The proposed Mary Robinson Centre in Ballina, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Former president Mary Robinson’s brother has yet to sign a deal to sell the family’s ancestral home in Ballina to house Ireland’s first presidential (...)

A campaign group in Connemara has initiated a petition to highlight the need to address what it describes as ‘one of the most dangerous roads’ in the State. File photograph: Getty Images/National Geographic

A campaign group in Connemara has initiated a petition to highlight the need to address what it describes as “one of the most dangerous roads” in the (...)

Minister of State at the OPW Sean Canney indicated the report on flooding was not an adequate response to the challenges faced by threatened communities. Photograph: PA

An official report dealing with flooding is to be reworked after the Minister in charge said it was not an adequate response to the challenges faced b(...)

EU member states are now required to wipe invasive species out or at least try to keep them contained.  Among them are animals such as the raccoon, the grey squirrel and North American bullfrog (above).

Open season has been declared on a range of animals and plants found on an EU list of alien species. Member states are now required to wipe them out(...)

The Government recently published the first national arts policy, Culture 2025. The framework document is partly the result of extensive consultations(...)

The Representative Church Body Library is, inter alia, the archives of the Church of Ireland. Among its resources are important collections of archite(...)

Irelan’d MEPs might soon have the opportunity to conduct their parliamentary business through Irish as a result of Brexit.  Photograph: Getty Images

Irish MEPs might have to brush up on their Irish language skills after it was claimed that English would no longer retain its status as a working lang(...)

A coastal path at the Doonbeg golf links course and hotel in Co Clare. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Donald Trump’s controversial €10 million rock barrier plan for his Doonbeg golf links resort has received a setback after a Government department rule(...)

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