Trends in water quality, emissions and biodiversity are all going the wrong way – primarily because of a ramping-up in dairy production in line with the ending of EU milk quotas in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What’s most eye-catching about Teagasc’s annual farm income survey is just how low average wages in the sector are: €25,662 in 2020. This reflects the(...)

Harmful green and red algae blooms seen in a Co Cork estuary due to excessive levels of nitrogen. Photograph: Liam Morrison/NUIG

On June 14th, a report was uploaded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. The document attracted little media attention, but what it revea(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan supports a pilot programme of antigen testing for air travel, Oireachas committee says. Photograph: Colin Keegan / Collins

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan faces growing political pressure to urge public health officials to begin a pilot programme of antigen testing for a(...)

New cheese plants suggest Ireland is soaking up an overspill of dairy production following lifting of quotas from producers under environmental pressure in their home countries. File photograph: The Irish Times

Cheese has become an unlikely faultline in Ireland’s climate debate. An Taisce’s objection to Glanbia’s proposed cheese plant at Belview in Co Kilke(...)

New cheese plants suggest Ireland is soaking up an overspill of dairy production following lifting of quotas from producers under environmental pressure in their home countries. File photograph: The Irish Times

Cheese has become an unlikely faultline in Ireland’s climate debate. An Taisce’s objection to Glanbia’s proposed cheese plant at Belview in Co Kilken(...)

Roche, which also operates in Ireland, does not make vaccines but it has been an important player in providing Covid-19 tests and medicines. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images

Roche chief executive Severin Schwan has warned that waiving Covid-19 vaccine patents would be a “catastrophe” comparable to East Germany’s nationalis(...)

A nurse holds a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease at an infectious diseases hospital in Tbilisi. Photograph:  Vano Shlamov/ AFP via Getty

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday that its advisory panel was reviewing reports related to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine but there w(...)

Skaters gather on ice on the canals at Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. A Dutch court has ordered the government to scrap a curfew, running from 9pm to 4.30am daily, aimed at slowing to seek the spread of Covid-19. Photoraph: Evert Elzinga/AFP via Getty Images.

The Netherlands’s caretaker government has appealed to the public to continue to observe its controversial overnight curfew aimed at preventing a thir(...)

Sanna Elkadiri, employee of Het Wereldhuis nursing home, receives the first Pfizer vaccine in Veghel. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

The Netherlands has begun its Covid-19 vaccination programme, nearly two weeks after many European Union nations. Sanna Elkadiri, a nurse at a care h(...)

WZC Hemelrijck nursing home in Mol: hit by a bad outbreak of Covid-19 after a traditional “Sinterklaas”  visit to celebrate   Christmas. Photograph:  Eric Lalmand

Belgian authorities are investigating a Santa visit to an elderly care home as a possible Covid-19 mass spreading event after 75 residents and staff t(...)

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