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 (...)

 Plastics and other detritus line the shore of the Thames Estuary. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Europe is planning to ensure all plastic packaging in the EU is recyclable by 2030. The move is part of a new policy on plastics published by the Eu(...)

 A Tesla electric car parks at a charging station. A new grant to support installation of home charger points for buyers of new and second-hand electric vehicles will be rolled out next year.  Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA/

The Government is rolling out a series of measures to accelerate deployment of electric vehicles in Ireland, according to the Minister for Climate Act(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Environmentalism and responding to climate change cannot remain the sole responsibility of the Green Party and must become an integral part of all gov(...)

Johnaí “Dubh” Clochartaigh harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sea Thong. Cat’s Tail. True Sloke. Sting Winkle. Confined to bed in a New York hospital some decades ago, a west of Ireland man busied himself with m(...)

Christmas Day swimmers at the Forty Foot. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Forty Foot swimming area at Sandycove, Co Dublin, is “next in line” to be affected by oil exploration licences, it has been claimed in the Seanad.(...)

An  anti-fracking campaign group in jubilant mood after the fracking Bill was passed  banning all fracking in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hydraulic fracturing is set to be banned in Ireland after the Seanad passed legislation on Wednesday outlawing the practice. The House supported a Pr(...)

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