March for Climate Change: students on their way to Leinster House on March 15th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Political discourse in the State is mostly predictable but it can spring big surprises, sometimes from unexpected quarters. On March 15th, children a(...)

The Greens are running 100 candidates North and South in the local elections – a springboard, says leader Eamon Ryan, to a general election he expects in September/October. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The tortuous deliberations of the Oireachtas committee on climate change this week finally produced a report on measures to respond to the effects and(...)

Jean Winters, of  the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), said trade unions in the construction industry had created a narrative that bogus self-employment was widespread. Image: iStock.

Legislation that would tackle the problem of bogus self-employment with “draconian” penalties will hurt the Irish economy, the Irish Business and Empl(...)

Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign has called for the decriminalisation of drug use. Photograph: PA

The shame and self-loathing experienced be people addicted to illegal drugs were compounded by being criminalised, a recovering addict has warned. I(...)

Rowan Kelly from Bray with other members of Climate Strike Fridays for Future, spending the 13th consecutive Friday protesting about Climate Change outside the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fine Gael has been accused of attempting to dilute a key climate action target to decarbonise the Irish economy by 2050. The Committee on Climate Act(...)

The National Transport Authority says it dealt with 1,783 second-stage appeals last year, a rate of almost five a  day.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Four in every 10 appeals against clampers were upheld last year, latest figures show. The most common reasons appeals are upheld are signage inadequa(...)

Participants in the march for climate change to the Dáil last Friday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Solidarity-People Before Profit (PBP) says it supports the imposition of new taxes on carbon emissions but only for big polluters in industry and agri(...)

 Donald Trump shakes hands with Leo Varadkar: a visit to Ireland by Mr Trump would be a political, security and logistical nightmare for the Government. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP

The Government has not been notified of a visit to Ireland later this year by US president Donald Trump, a Government spokesman said, but officials as(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said economic evidence had indicated how a fee-and-dividend model of carbon pricing was cash positive for those on lower incomes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin and Solidarity-People Before Profit have been accused of opposing progressive measures to tackle climate change by refusing to endorse a “ca(...)

Eamon Ryan Green Party TD listens to students from 10 representative schools calling for a mass protest during the school day on Friday 15th March to demand action from the Irish Government on climate change at the Dail. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The all-party Climate Action Committee is to meet this week in an attempt to sign off a report where substantial agreement has already been reached on(...)

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