The report calls for an independent body – “ideally the EPA” – to establish and implement a robust monitoring framework to assess the environmental impacts of food production at farm, catchment and national level.

Ireland’s proposed 2030 agri-food strategy is out of line with the Government’s economy-wide emissions reduction targets for the next decade, accordin(...)

The stakes could not be higher for the remaining members of the Department of Agriculture’s Agri-Food 2030 Committee, following the withdrawal of the Environmental Pillar. Photograph: Getty

On the morning of February 25th, Karen Ciesielski, co-ordinator of the Environmental Pillar (EP), joined a virtual meeting of the Department of Agric(...)

The proposed Bill adds  requirements and restrictions that will make it much harder for citizens and environmental NGOs to achieve the necessary “standing” to take cases. Photograph: Getty Images

A move by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to tighten up planning regulations and restrict the ability to legally challenge proposed developments ha(...)

‘In the current situation forestry will not only be failing to mitigate against climate change, it may be making it worse.’ Photograph: iStock

About 4,000 hectares of trees were planted last year, significantly below the target of at least 15,000 hectares annually needed to maintain equilibri(...)

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness: Climate Action Network Europe’s “quirky labelling of individuals and parties is being used to paint some as climate saints and others as climate sinners”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Irish MEPs have been accused of “shocking apathy” towards EU climate actions following an analysis by an environmental group of voting patterns on maj(...)

Michael Ewing, Coordinator of the Environmental Pillar group: ‘There is a clear and urgent need for a sense of direction and understanding as to how Ireland will take action to aggressively respond to the imminent threat of climate change’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The progressive recommendations of the all-party climate committee must be used by the Government “to develop a real and lasting strategy to turn Irel(...)

Endangered: bird species such as the curlew (above) and hen harrier are seriously threatened, according to Oonagh Duggan of Environmental Pillar. Photograph: Andrew Howe/iStock/Getty

Ireland is failing in its duty to protect numerous threatened species and habitats of international importance, according to a European report. The (...)

A computer generated image of the Hinkely Point C reactor in southwest England. File photograph: Hayes Davidson/AFP/Getty Images

There are “alarming deficiencies” in the UK’s approach to assessing impacts of plans to expand its nuclear power programme on Ireland, according to th(...)

 Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys is due to launch the 2017-2021 National Biodiversity Action on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government’s new biodiversity action plan “lacks aspiration, focus and strategy”, according to a leading environmental lobby group. The 2017-2021(...)

 Denis Naughten: the Environmental Pillar says he has “yet to commit to enough new actions to reduce pollution”

The Government is failing to protect Ireland’s natural heritage from imminent threats posed by Brexit and climate change, according to the Environment(...)

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