Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment,  Richard Bruton was not in his department during a two-hour sit in during a climate action protest. File photograph: Tom Honan

More than 40 activists occupied the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Dublin on Friday for almost two hours, and called (...)

Maire Breathnach from Mayo makes a point to Minister for Transport Shane Ross at a public meeting held by environmental group Stop Climate Chaos  in Dublin on Wednesday.  Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

A speed date with your local TD on the issue of climate change might not seem like a potentially romantic engagement. But lack of passion was not an i(...)

Police attending the scene of a shooting close to St Mary’s Grammar School, west Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the murder of a man who was shot while waiting for his child to leave school in west Belfast on Tuesday. (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he felt obliged to pass similar legislation to what was presented to the people before the referendum, and those provisions contained the penalties and criminal sanctions. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Attempts to fully decriminalise abortion as part of new legislation have failed following a debate in the Dáil. A number of TDs called on Minister fo(...)

From right to left: Dr Pierre Marie Aubert, co-ordinator of the European Agriculture Initiative, Prof Valerie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of UN Working Group 1 for the IPCC report, Georgina Teslary, Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Elaine Nevin, Eco-UNesco’s national director, Edward Tierney, DFEI Dun Laoghaire, and Prof Peter Thorne, director of Icarus at the  Royal Irish Academy.   Photograph: Jenny Barker

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor Ireland’s current commitments on climate change fall far short of what is required if global warmi(...)

Families who lost relatives in the 1981 Stardust nightclub fire  marched to the Attorney General’s office in Dublin on Tuesday with 48,000 signed postcards calling for a new inquest. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

The Attorney General will give full consideration to holding a new inquest into the 1981 Stardust fire tragedy, in which 48 young people died, once a (...)

Michael Healy-Rae said TDs would not seek to filibuster but would “do our jobs as TDs” to debate and scrutinise the legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Both anti-abortion and pro-choice TDs will continue their attempts to amend the abortion legislation when it returns to the Dáil for report stage late(...)

Green Party: Pippa Hackett, Eamon Ryan and Grace O’Sullivan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Bill proposing the setting up of a “just transition” process to support workers and communities forced to make the transition from a fossil-fuel eco(...)

Dublin City Council’s head of traffic said there was an “urgent need” to reconfigure College Green to take account of increased numbers of pedestrians and cyclists “and the new requirement to cater for 55m-long Luas cross-city trams”.

Dublin City Council spent almost €1.5 million on the College Green plaza project, which was refused permission by An Bord Pleanála three weeks ago, it(...)

  Séamus Dooley (L) of the NUJ is seen during a  vigil at the Saudi Arabian embassy over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A vigil to remember the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was held in Dublin on Thursday evening. About 30 people gathered for the vigil outside the (...)

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