Alan Matthews

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If you convert the meat on an average Irish cow carcass (about 210 kilos of meat) into hamburgers, it would equal about 1,825 quarter pounders

Food has not changed much in the past decade. A Sunday roast or mid-week dinner might have new takes or added exotica. But the expected meat and veg a(...)

Irish methane emissions have been flat-lining since 1990, says Prof Matthews. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Eating “too much meat” has got a bad press, notably with the Lancet report on its health and climate effects, but it must still be recognised as “a ve(...)

Professor Louden Ryan (right), then chairman of the National Planning Board in 1984 with Dr Peter Bacon, director of the board secretariat. Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times .

Louden Ryan, one of the State’s most influential economists and one of Trinity College Dublin’s most charismatic professors, has died, at the age of 9(...)

Reporting from Brussels on Brexit, I find myself turning increasingly for understanding of the British position to “Alice in Wonderland”. Photograph: Getty Images

 Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Qu(...)

Chair of the Citizen’s Assembly,  the Honourable Ms Mary Laffoy: the 13 proposed measures that emerged are rooted in pragmatism vital for what’s immediately facing Ireland and the world. Photograph: Tom Honan.

The recommendations made by the Citizens’ Assembly have the potential to achieve the kind of societal transformation necessary for Ireland to play its(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly is to be commended for its efforts in considering the immensely challenging issue of climate change and what needs to be done i(...)

Members of the Dublin Youth Dance Company perform a Dance for Climate Action to highlight the proceedings of the Citizens’ Assembly at Malahide. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Citizens’ Assembly members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture despite the opposition of the Iri(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly in the Grand Hotel Malahide discussed climate change this weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ireland is going to miss its 2020 emission targets by more than expected, the Citizens’ Assembly has been told. Professor John FitzGerald, the chair(...)

Ms  Justice Mary Laffoy   said she expected there would be a thought provoking and robust discussion on how the State can become a leader in tackling climate change.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Citizens’ Assembly are meeting this weekend to make recommendations on “how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change”. Unde(...)

Beef farming – per kilogram of production – produces nearly 20 times more emissions than dairy farming. Photograph: Getty

The Department of Agriculture’s media briefing on climate change yesterday was noteworthy for two reasons. First, the acknowledgment by officials tha(...)

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