The  legislation, proposed by Deputy Bríd Smith, would make Ireland the fifth country globally to ban fossil fuel exploration. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Government move to stall a Climate Emergency Bill, that includes a proposal to end fossil fuel exploration in Ireland, was contrary to parliamentary(...)

The EU Parliament’s environment committee has approved a proposal to enforce targets that would see, by 2025, car makers compelled to have 20 per cent of sales made up of full-electric vehicles

The EU could be on the verge of introducing tough new targets for the sales of electric cars, in the wake of findings that car makers are already chea(...)

It is possible ‘to keep the lights on with 100 per recent renewable energy’ while causing minimal disruption to lifestyles, a UK energy expert has said.

It is possible “to keep the lights on with 100 per recent renewable energy” while causing minimal disruption to lifestyles, a UK energy expert has sai(...)

Denis Naughten: Some committee members had put politics before dealing with the problem of plastics. Photograph: Collins

Denis Naughten has accused members of the Oireachtas Environment Committee of “greenwashing” after it voted down his controversial amendment on introd(...)

The  Coalition initially promised it would publish a Bill in 2012 but a series of reviews ordered by former minister Phil Hogan meant the  date was pushed back first to 2013, and then to 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

The Government will not publish its long-awaited legislation on climate change until the new year. A spokesman at the Department of the Environ(...)

The Coalition is considering extending the period during which households will pay an effective fixed rate water charge to allow for the further installation of water meters

The Coalition is considering extending the period during which households will pay an effective fixed rate water charge to allow for the further insta(...)

The Minister for the Environment said the Government was examining ways to make the agriculture sector carbon neutral. Photograph: Reuters

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has said the Government’s new climate change legislation is “unequivocal” in committing Ireland to all (...)

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte says energy policy will be published shortly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A green paper on future energy policy for Ireland will be published within the next month or so, Minister for (...)

 Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny celebrating his election in the Mayo constituency in February 2011.  File pPhotograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government is now approaching the anniversary of its third year in power and its default response to all criticism that everything was the fault o(...)

Irish Water chief executive John Tierney and other senior staff will attend an Oireachtas committee hearing tomorrow. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A member of the Oireachtas Environment Committee has said it will not accept a refusal by Irish Water to divulge details of its €50m expenditure on(...)

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