A new scheme will seek to retrofit 500,000 homes by 2030 on a ‘aggregated’ model – meaning that certain towns or areas will be retrofitted at the same time to achieve economies of scale. File photograph: Frank Miller

The draft programme for government “Our Shared Future” runs to nearly 50,000 words. It contains commitments under a variety of policy headings for the(...)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton: ‘It has taken time to get an understanding of what’s possible, and even that is still uncertain.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The issues yet to be resolved in the negotiations on a programme for government is “a fairly short and manageable list”, the Minister for Climate Acti(...)

Anti-racism protesters march   in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday. Photograph: Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images

Ever since people across the US began pouring into the streets to protest police violence, Dakota Patton has driven two hours each day to rally on the(...)

Cardboard figures of US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping   outside  a souvenir shop in downtown Moscow on June 3rd, 2020. Photograph:  Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

With race riots raging across the US and the country’s coronavirus toll continuing to soar, China is gleefully leading a chorus of disapproval at US p(...)

Tax due from those who are in receipt of the weekly €350 Covid-19 unemployment payment could be collected by reducing tax credits in future years, the Revenue Commissioners have said.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tax due from those who are in receipt of the weekly €350 Covid-19 unemployment payment could be collected by reducing tax credits for those taxpayers (...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: he  has  said a site-value tax would be used to encourage denser housing development

An overhaul of property tax and higher levels of carbon tax than already envisaged are among the proposals tabled by the Green Party in government for(...)

‘We have suddenly moved from the 19th-century model to a 21st-century one, and we are skipping a whole 100 years.’ Photograph: Getty

If there was any novelty to the kitchen offices, dining table desks and bedroom workstations that sprang up or were screwed together in haste as the c(...)

Labour Party TD Alan Kelly at Leinster House. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

A joint letter from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on government formation was sent to the Green Party on Tuesday evening. It is understood the letter wil(...)

Roisin Shortall and Catherine Murphy, co-leaders of the Social Democrats, at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Social Democrats have written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin asking them to provide costings for their new coalit(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves the GPO in Dublin’s city centre following the annual 1916 Easter commemoration on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The potential cost of the promises made by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in their coalition framework document has caused concern in both of their parliam(...)

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