The climate forum heard that ‘any additional demand from data centres or other large energy users is going to basically sap the renewables growth’. File photograph: Getty

The Republic’s new role as a specialist in data centre provision is raising serious environmental concerns, a conference discussing the outcome of the(...)

 US treasury secretary Janet Yellen and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It was Janet Yellen Day in Dublin on Monday with the US treasury secretary flitting between Government Buildings and events held with the American Cha(...)

Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Northern Ireland protocol is “unworkable” but it won’t be scrapped and will remain a “permanent sore” in the Brexit process, Martin Wolf, chief ec(...)

Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: ‘Ireland cannot commit to signing up because it is not entirely clear what exactly we’re being asked to sign up to.’  Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland needs “absolute certainty” before signing up to an international deal on tax, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has s(...)

Data shows a majority of climate cases taken against governments in Europe have led to outcomes resulting in greater climate regulation, the IIEA study says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Climate litigation pursued by citizens and environmental activists enables them to assume a role in enforcing Government commitments on climate action(...)

In Africa, where cases have been relatively low during the pandemic, cases have risen 19% and deaths 20% in the last week. File photograph: Getty

The human immune response to Covid-19 is looking sufficiently strong to rule out the need for regular vaccine boosters but it now appears unlikely the(...)

Mairéad McGuinness, the European commissioner for financial stability and financial services. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mairéad McGuinness, European commissioner for financial stability and financial services, has suggested tougher regulations may be needed to force ban(...)

24/02/2021 - NEWS - Michael McGrath Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform photographed for a Martin Wall interview.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Government spending on Covid-related measures is expected to hit €28 billion by the end of this year, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform M(...)

Member of the Defence Forces train in the Glen of Imaal in Co Wicklow.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The crisis in Ireland’s defence forces raises questions about the State’s ability to pursue its policy goals while on the UN Security Council, accordi(...)

 US president Joe Biden speaking after being sworn in as the 46th president of the US during his inauguration in Washington, DC,  on January 20th. Photograph: EPA/Jonathan Ernst

The ascendance to the White House this week of Joe Biden brought to an end four years of turbulence under his predecessor Donald Trump. The new US pre(...)

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