Sean O’Donoghue: “Any State bodies I am involved in or have been involved in are declared.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A leading fishing industry representative has said he sees no conflict of interest between his role as a national negotiator and his directorship of a(...)

Mount Lucas wind farm in Co Offaly. The new National Energy and Climate Plan is due to be submitted to the EU by the end of the year and implemented in 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new Oireachtas committee on climate change is to play a central role in the drafting of a new National Energy and Climate Plan which is due to be su(...)

‘The Fianna Fáil TDs who are not backing their leader Micheál Martin’s position sat stony-faced. Not a peep out of one of them’

Because everyone was so busy being respectful, it seemed inappropriate to start up a chant in the chamber when the awkward silence descended. But, a(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen has been accused by Senator Grace O’Sullivan of insinuated he did not believe mental health was heath.  File photograph: Collins

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen should clarify remarks he made about mental health after and accused him of “further stigmatising” those with mental (...)

Senator Grave O’Sullivan said never in the history of humanity has the health of the oceans been more threatened.  File photograph: Getty Images

A motion calling on the Government to meet its international obligations by designating extensive coastal areas and seas around Ireland as “marine pro(...)

Attracta Uí Bhroin of the Environmental Law Implementation Group at a press briefing in Dublin on the UK’s nuclear power plans. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The UK’s nuclear power expansion programme, including the building of the Hinkley Point C facility in Somerset, poses an unacceptable risk to the isla(...)

Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor is set  to progress the Technological Universities Bill through the Seanad on Thursday.

The Department of Education has insisted there has been no “dumbing down” of standards required for institutes of technology to secure new technologic(...)

Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan says the standing of new technological universities could be jeopardised before they are even “off the ground”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Universities have expressed alarm that their reputation could be damaged due to the “dumbing down” of criteria required for institutes of technology t(...)

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items. Photograph: Getty Images

Labour and the Green Party have called on the Government to pass legislation banning the use of microbeads and other micro-plastics immediately. The (...)

A Coastwatch volunteer collected this waste in one outing on a small stretch of coastline between Garrarus beach and Kilfarrasy Beach on the Co Waterford coastline. The haul includes a fridge and many plastic bottles.

Drinks containers, particularly plastic bottles, are the most frequent form of litter found on Irish coastlines, according to the environmental group (...)

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