Michael Ewing, Coordinator of the Environmental Pillar group: ‘There is a clear and urgent need for a sense of direction and understanding as to how Ireland will take action to aggressively respond to the imminent threat of climate change’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The progressive recommendations of the all-party climate committee must be used by the Government “to develop a real and lasting strategy to turn Irel(...)

The popularity of the site has increased since it appeared in the Star Wars film series.

The number of visitors landing on the Unesco World Heritage site of Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry is one and a half times what is considered (...)

The EU has adopted demanding new directives on renewable energy. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland will have to stop making “aspirational pledges” on how it is going to achieve reductions in carbon emissions and adopt renewable energy, accor(...)

The provisional EU deal agreed late last month includes “flexibilities” on targets for reducing carbon emissions up to 2030. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Ireland has played a diplomatic blinder in securing a European Union deal that will delay climate action “on behalf of business-as-usual vested intere(...)

There’s a need to be able to answer questions raised about the expansion of the dairy and beef sectors, and to be “persuasively sustainable”, according to Aidan O’Driscoll. Photograph: iStock

There is “real intent and seriousness” among farmers and those in the food industry to meet ambitious EU targets to reduce climate change emissions, a(...)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There has been a broad welcome for the Government’s decision to start the ratification process for the Paris Agreement on global climate change. Min(...)

Emergency services attend the scene of the fire at Vernon Mount  in Cork on Sunday night. Photograph: Brian McMahon via Twitter

Heritage and conservation groups expressed their shock and dismay on Monday after a stately home on the outskirts of Cork city was destroyed in a fire(...)

 Christy Moore entertains  protesters at the  anti-nuclear protest at Carnsore Point, Co Wexford, in 1978. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

For the first few decades following the foundation of the State, environmental issues were not on the agenda for many, least of all those in governmen(...)

Skellig Michael. Photograph: An Taisce

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed that “incidents” occurred on Skellig Michael during Star Wars filming last week that required “repairs”(...)

Young people are among those taking part in a mass Heads in the Sand event on Sandymount Strand in Dublin in July 2015 to highlight the government’s attitude towards climate change. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

A forum to allow young Irish people have an input into international negotiations on climate change is to be established by An Taisce. The environmen(...)

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