Seamie Heffernan riding Anthony Van Dyck to victory in  The Investec Derby Stakes at Epsom. O’Brien’s runner will bid for a double in the  Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Anthony Van Dyck headlines Aidan O’Brien’s six contenders for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday. The Investec Derby winner, (...)

Donegal is the poorest performing council for its inspection rate, according to ‘RTÉ Investigates’. Photograph: Dave Meehan/Irish Times/File photo

Local authority staff often face intimidation when dealing with those engaged in illegal dumping, according to the chief executive of Donegal County C(...)

Filtering the water: The main issues affecting Irish water supplies, the EPA annual report  concluded, are high levels of disinfection products in supplies; excessive levels of pesticide  in some supplies and large numbers of lead pipe connections in properties. File photograph: Getty Images

The need for major investment by Irish Water to improve the security of public water supplies to comply with health standards and to avoid water restr(...)

“The overall quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high though further improvements are necessary to improve the security of supplies.”  Photograph: iStock

Almost 90 public drinking supplies serving more than 700,000 people have been classified as “at risk” of threatening human health. Counties Kerry, Co(...)

It is transparently obvious from the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest report on urban waste water treatment that hundreds of millions of euro (...)

The EPA has warned about the levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air in Irish cities which is mainly produced by engines and power plants. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Ireland falls below strict World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on air pollution for four potentially harmful emissions.As a report revealed 12 (...)

The national inspection plan was announced by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan last July. Photograph: Alan Betson

Septic-tank owners will not be flushed with success today following the news that more than half of household tan(...)

The Avoca River in Arklow, Co Wicklow.  Arklow is one of seven large towns which does not have a secondary waste water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Raw sewage is being discharged into rivers, lakes and the sea in 42 towns and villages around the State, according to the Environmental Protect(...)

Irish Water, the new State utility, will have “a lot of work to do to provide safe and secure drinking water to the public,” according to Gerard O’Lea(...)