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The Corrib Gas field is due to run out in 2025. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Republic this week joined Belize, Costa Rica, France and New Zealand in banning oil exploration. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the United Nations th(...)

 US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference  in New York, US, on Monday. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the US had concluded the government of president Bashar al-Assad in Syria had used chlorine as(...)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.  Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appealed to the UN General Assembly and Europe to establish a “safe zone” in northern Syria where Syrian re(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson points his finger during fractious exchanges on Wednesday.   Photograph:  House of Commons/PA Wire

The British newspapers react in their usual partisan manner to the extraordinarily fractious scenes in the House of Commons in which UK prime minister(...)

Swedish teenager and climate activist Greta Thunberg was a towering presence in New York this week. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

New York hosted three immensely significant events on climate disruption in recent days. The biggest climate rally in the history of the planet, in so(...)

Nigeria is embroiled in a fight with Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID), which was founded by Irish investors Michael Quinn and Brendan Cahill, over a failed 2010 deal to develop a gas processing plant. Photograph: iStock

Irish authorities and AIB are being drawn into a high-profile international legal dispute between Nigeria and a company founded by Irish investors tha(...)

Dr Debra Roberts,  chairwoman of one of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working groups  said there’s no replacement for ‘bold, ambitious mitigation’ against climate change. Photograph: Getty Images

Scientists behind the latest UN report on climate disruption, which reveals accelerating destruction of oceans, glaciers and ice caps due to global he(...)

Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan said the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms irreversible damage is already being done to marine environments and ice sheets.

Ireland may escape the devastation of increased superstorms and tsunamis predicted to occur due to increased global warming, but it faces major sea le(...)

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, reiterated gloomily that there is “no reason today for optimism” in the Brexit talks. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

We are once again in the Brexit “the ball’s in London’s court” mode. Supreme court, in this case. And in Brussels we watch and wait in a strange limb(...)

The UN report predicts record losses of polar sea ice.  Photograph: Chris Larsen/ NASA/AFP/Getty Images

Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are destabilising oceans, leading to more intense superstorms, increased deadly heatwaves and record loss(...)

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