‘I believe it is possible to continue that trade, having animal welfare at the heart of it,’ Michael Creed said. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has rejected a call from Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan for a ban on live animal exports from Ireland over an(...)

Microbeads, found in some sunscreens, have become infamous for their impact on marine environments. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The manufacture and sale of products containing microbeads have been banned in the Republic after a Bill was signed into law on Thursday. The Microbe(...)

The European Investment Bank announcement it is to end funding for fossil fuel energy projects

The European Investment Bank announcement it is to end funding for fossil fuel energy projects, a move expected to support Europe’s plans to become th(...)

‘Just one more thing, ma’am . . .’ If the Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy's hunch is right, then ‘Fobgate’ could put the War of the Buttons into the ha’penny place. Photograph: John Ohle for The Irish Times

We don’t wish to alarm anyone, but Votegate may be only the tip of the iceberg. As the War of the Buttons simmers along gently, awaiting the results (...)

Frans Timmermans is tasked by EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen to develop a “European green deal” over the next five years. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

The new European Commission is encountering big difficulties in securing member state agreement on scaling up 2030 targets to reduce carbon emissions (...)

Green Party Cllr Pippa Hackett (left), pictured last year with party leader Eamon Ryan TD and Grace O’Sullivan, recently elected to the European Parliament. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil will not contest the Seanad byelection for the seat vacated by former senator Grace O’Sullivan following her election to the European Parl(...)

Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan said the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms irreversible damage is already being done to marine environments and ice sheets.

Ireland may escape the devastation of increased superstorms and tsunamis predicted to occur due to increased global warming, but it faces major sea le(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath gave an update to his party’s senior TDs on carbon tax on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stand-alone legislation may be required to ensure that money raised from carbon tax is ring-fenced to be reinvested in climate-friendly policies, the(...)

Incoming  EU commissioner for trade  Phil Hogan: argues that the Mercosur treaty will be the first real leverage the EU has on Brazil’s government over its policies in the Amazon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The loss of Amazon forest between 1990 and 2016 now totals some 1.3 million square kilometres, at a rate equivalent to 800 football pitches an hour, T(...)

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