Merrion Strand:  its problems are said to be largely due to polluted streams ‘discharging’ on to the beach.

Swimming is set to be permanently banned at Merrion Strand in Dublin due to ongoing poor water quality results, according to Dublin City Council. Th(...)

More than 60 private supplies were found to be contaminated with human or animal waste at least once during 2018. Photograph: iStock

The quality of drinking water from private supplies continues to deteriorate, putting the health of one million people in Ireland at an unacceptable r(...)

FROM SWITCHING TO LED LIGHT BULBS TO TAKING A STAYCATION, THERE ARE PLENTY OF SIMPLE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO BECOME MORE ECOFRIENDLY 1. Let there (...)

Irish Water was also ordered to pay €5,500 in legal costs for failing to address drinking water problems in Co Cork. Photograph: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek/Getty Images

Irish Water has been fined €2,000 and ordered to pay €5,500 in legal costs for failing to address drinking water problems in Co Cork. The national wa(...)

I’ve been very slow to make any dietary changes, largely because of the detrimental impact a contracting meat and dairy industry would have on rural Ireland.

I was reared on meat and not just in a dietary sense but economically too. My Dad is an engineer at a meat processing plant, my Mum used to work in H(...)

David Tobin, renewable energy director of Beauparc, at the Panda waste processing facility in Ballymount, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its first licence to process large volumes of Irish construction and demolition waste. The licence, iss(...)

The Leixlip water treatment plant where ‘turbidity’ or cloudy water due to suspended particles forced a temporary shutdown affecting 600,000 people. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Four alarms warning about the increased cloudiness of water at a Co Kildare water treatment plant that led to a boil water notice affecting 600,000 pe(...)

Malahide Marina,  Co  Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Malahide marina was polluted with enough raw sewage to fill two and a half Olympic-size swimming pools following a water treatment malfunction last ye(...)

A partial smoky coal ban will make no difference on the ground as people in a restricted area can buy smoky coal elsewhere and bring it home,the CEO of a smokeless coal manufacturer has said.

A partial smoky coal ban will make no difference on the ground as people in a restricted area can buy smoky coal elsewhere and bring it home,the CEO o(...)

The Government has been subject to sustained criticism over its failure to introduce a nationwide ban on smoky coal. File photograph: Getty

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe has advised the Government against introducing a contentious nationwide ban on smoky coal alone. The Government has be(...)

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