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Ireland will not ‘move the dial on climate breakdown’ unless there are major changes to transport, farming and forestry, said Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A €6 increase in the carbon tax on all fossil fuels will not be enough to ensure that Ireland cuts carbon emissions quickly, Climate Change Advisory C(...)

‘There is growing public acceptance of the need for more radical measures on the road to decarbonisation’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In spite of a pre-Budget tizzy about carbon taxes, the scale of increase announced, less than 2 cent per litre of diesel or petrol for instance, is so(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf’s appointment as governor of the Central Bank was approved by the Government in May and he took up the €286,760 post at the start of September. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Central Bank directors were concerned about the “reputational damage” caused by controversy surrounding their new governor. Internal documents show (...)

The Corrib Gas field is due to run out in 2025. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Republic this week joined Belize, Costa Rica, France and New Zealand in banning oil exploration. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the United Nations th(...)

Accusing the Sinn Féin leader of  hypocrisy, Paschal Donohoe said “Sinn Féin has form in this - you support broadening of tax bases but oppose property tax. You support investment in water infrastructure but are against water charges.”

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has accused Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald of hypocrisy over her opposition to a carbon tax increase. Ms McD(...)

Ireland is to phase out oil exploration off coast.

The Government is to phase out oil exploration off the coast of Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced. Speaking ahead of Monday’s climate sum(...)

Property prices in Dublin are now falling for the first time in seven years, according to the official figures

Property prices in Dublin are now falling for the first time in seven years, according to official figures, which show the average cost of a home in t(...)

One response may be for an orphan Northern Ireland to seek a home in a united Ireland. However, from an economic point of view, this would have unpleasant consequences North and South. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

While we have been concentrating on the immediate consequences of Brexit, the internal tensions that it has caused in the UK may have long-term conseq(...)

An exterior view of the Titanic Belfast building in Belfast, Northern Ireland. File photograph: David Moir/Reuters

The Northern Ireland economy is likely to be worse affected by Brexit than economies in other UK regions. The Brexit shock will compound the difficult(...)

The Seabren deal is the first that the pair have done since Castlehaven joined forces with Avenue late last month. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty

Castlehaven Finance and Avenue Capital will loan developer Michael Moran €20 million to fund home building on two high-profile sites in what is the le(...)

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