Grace O Sullivan

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Green leader Eamon Ryan’s speech to the party’s annual conference addressed the issue of climate change. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

If you study ornithological journals closely, you will know that in 2011 there was a new addition to the list of endangered species. But against the (...)

Water charges: The levy has proved to be among the most divisive of political issues. Photograph: The Irish Times

A deal on the future of water charges may be close as Fine Gael has agreed to examine existing legislation to penalise householders who waste water. (...)

Microbeads from an exfoliating daily wash. Use of the plastic particles in products is outlawed in Canada, and is due to be prohibited in Britain and the US this year

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney has moved to introduce a ban on cosmetics, toothpastes and other products containing plastic microbeads. (...)

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Twenty Oireachtas members will sit on the committee examining the future of water charges. The committee, which will be chaired by Independent Senato(...)

Grace O’Sullivan (Green):  accused the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government of “incompetence” for its late reaction and said it should start with her Bill, not Fianna Fáil’s. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been accused of allowing political expediency to trump its commitment to protect the environment. Senator Lynn Ruane (Independent) (...)

Irish diplomats and officials involved in intensive negotiations in Brussels over the past six months on how efforts to meet the EU’s climate change t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: when he said Ireland was a special case, he signalled we did not “recognise the urgency” with which environmental action is required, said Senator Grace O’Sullivan. Photograph: Stephen Collins

A Green Party politician has described Taoiseach Enda Kenny as like the “lazy student who’d not opened a book all year” in seeking special exemptions(...)

Grace O’Sullivan: “I have never been elected previously to any political position so it is brand new territory for me.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Much like the 32nd Dáil, still wrestling with how to manage itself weeks into a politically novel existence, the 25th Seanad is quite unsure what type(...)

Senator Billy Lawless: due back in Chicago this week for a hip operation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday morning in Washington, DC, Dick Durbin had some interesting information to impart to his fellow senators. “We all know the Senate of the(...)

 Senators before the first sitting of the 25th Seanad at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eleven Independent Senators marked the first day of the 25th Seanad on Wednesday by sponsoring a Bill which would result in substantial reform of the (...)

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