Malcolm Noonan

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Ruptured lead piping excavated  by Irish Water. File photograph: Frank Miller

Irish Water has been accused of “appalling neglect and a breach of contract” over keeping households on a boil water notice for almost a full calendar(...)

Eamon Ryan: he is a past master of always coming across silver linings. Photograph: Getty Images

So the fisticuffs in the tunnel are behind them, and now that the Greens are back on the pitch it’s time for them to start raising a few green flags. (...)

A new campaign for safe cycling in rural Ireland is being formally launched. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A new campaign for safe cycling in rural Ireland is being formally launched by Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan on Wednesday. The Vision(...)

Some of the country’s most scenic locations have attracted illegal dumping. File photograph: The Irish Times

A Government campaign to stop Ireland’s beauty spots becoming litter “hot spots” is under way in response to the surge in illegal dumping during the c(...)

The Department of Heritage has responsibility for the conservation of hares, of which there are an estimated 250,000 in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

New cases of a disease deadly to hares and rabbits have been confirmed in the past week in four counties, prompting calls for a ban on coursing licenc(...)

The Amazon rainforest on fire near  a  highway in Para state, Brazil. Photograph:  Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images

The year is 2035; location is The Hague in the Netherlands. Disgraced former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro (80) is scheduled to appear before th(...)

Choughs. Illustration: Michael Viney

At the far end of Dursey island, Co Cork, the choughs are gathering in new families to probe the ground for grubs, stabbing the wind-shorn grass with (...)

 Green Party Senator Pippa Hackett (right) has been appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Land Use and Biodiversity but this new role needs clarification.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Many people had hoped that our new Government, with its Green Party Ministers, might make some immediate gesture, committing to managing our natural h(...)

Ireland has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union for persistent failure to designate special areas of conservation (SACs). It h(...)

The European Commission said last week that 154 sites (out of 423) had not yet been designated as special areas of conservation in the ‘Atlantic biogeographical’ region in Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan has said he is determined to address a persistent failure by Ireland to protect habitats under the Europ(...)

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