A cow with methane-collection equipment on her back. Grass is a cheap way to feed cows, but as  methanogens break  down grass in the stomach they  produce methane,  a potent greenhouse gas Photograph:   Rachel Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted to the European Parliament in January what climate activists have long known: Ireland’s performance on climate change (...)

Facebook head of public policy Niamh Sweeney and Siobhán Cummiskey, head of content policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, arrive at the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The era of self-regulation by social media platforms is over and the Republic must lead the way in deciding how they are regulated in the future, an O(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: “We need a new commission . . . with a new approach,” he said. Photograph: Boris Pejovic/EPA

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has dismissed the European Commission’s latest refugee initiatives and criticism of his hard-line anti-immigrati(...)

A placard outside the Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Simon Dawson

 “The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two (...)

Facebook has been battling controversies involving data privacy and its  use by Russians to influence the 2016 US election. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

As much as $120 billion (€103 billion) was wiped off the value of Facebook on Thursday in the biggest one-day sell-off of a listed company in US stock(...)

Fine Gael MEP Maireád  McGuinness told the summer school that  Irish spending on defence was the lowest in the EU at 0.3%  of GDP

Ireland must engage in a national debate on its borders and security which does not descend into accusations of sending “our sons and daughters to war(...)

Aer Lingus flies 10 times a-week between Cork and Amsterdam Schiphol, which is one of Europe’s biggest hubs.

Aer Lingus is facing demands to boost its Cork-to-Amsterdam service which the airline has cut back for the summer. The carrier flies 10 times a-week (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said an election in 2020 would prevent any instability overshadowing crucial stages of the Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has asked Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to agree to hold the next general election in summer 2020. The Irish Times has lea(...)

Photographic Genius Award: Fianna Fail’s Waterford TD Mary Butler got 31 colleagues, mostly TDs, to pose together for a photograph on Merrion Square to signal support for the No campaign in the abortion referendum. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

Politician of the season Simon Harris won plaudits from all sides of the Yes campaign for his handling of the abortion referendum campaign. The Mini(...)

A coal-fired power plant in Kaifeng, in central China’s Henan province. China’s State Council has vowed to cut coal consumption, boost electric vehicle sales and shut more outdated steel and coke capacity in the coming three years. Photograph: AP

Has the global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy gone into reverse? The alarming question is being posed by no less an authority than Spenc(...)

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