Dr Mary Canning, President of th Royal Irish Academy. Photograph: Johnny Bambury.

The setting up of an independent network of scientific advisers is needed to advise government “on the formidable scientific challenges facing Ireland(...)

It is not the first time Bono has sought to influence public policy in the state. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

U2 frontman Bono lobbied the government in recent weeks to establish a “broad-based, special housing policy task force,” according to public records f(...)

Bog restoration and a climate change visitor centre are needed to transform the Midlands into a low-carbon economy, says Just Transition Commissioner Kieran Mulvey.

The Midlands should become a major hub for renewable energy, and act as a second location for businesses based in coastal Irish cities, according to J(...)

People wearing facemasks during the Covid-19 pandemic in Dublin’s city centre. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There has been a slight fall in the number of people receiving the emergency pandemic payment of €350 per week. The number who received the payment (...)

 Sarah Kelly at The Village Butcher, Ranelagh, Dublin with her daughter Jessica and husband Michael Madden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An upmarket butcher’s shop in a leafy south Dublin suburb is probably the last place you would expect to find customers behaving badly during the Covi(...)

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said the 936 new cases had to be seen in the context of ‘an ambitious programme of testing in nursing homes and residential facilities’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The deaths of another 28 people who had been diagnosed with Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health, alongside a significant spike in (...)

The draft framework deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael  mostly repeats Irish government commitments in the Belfast Agreement and more recent deals to re-establish Stormont. Photograph: iStock

The draft framework deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has been described as intellectually dead. Policy-free promises of “housing for all” and “a(...)

The Green Party has flagged it is seeking for the next decade a yearly emissions cut of 7 per cent. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Any party entering government formation talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael should insist the State pursue actions to contain climate breakdown – and(...)

Liz Canavan, Assistant Secretary to the Department of Taoiseach, during a media brieifng on coronavirus this week. Photograph: Collins

Some 5,000 Irish citizens have returned to Ireland over the last month as the global coronavirus pandemic took hold. Over the Easter weekend alone, (...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, his deputy   Dr Ronan Glynn (right) and chief clinical officer  Dr Colm Henry (second left) and Dr Cillian De Gascun (left) at a Covid-19 press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

How is Ireland doing in the fight to slow the spread of Covid-19? After more than two weeks of lockdown with wide ranging restrictions limiting comme(...)

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