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The election for chancellor of TCD closed on Wednesday night and Mary McAleese’s name was the only one put forward. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Former president Mary McAleese has been elected unopposed as the new chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. She succeeds her predecessor in Áras an U(...)

Maybe the best One Change we can make is to lobby RTÉ and the other national stations to start creating programmes like the excellent podcasts on climate change.

Radio and television have been slow to inform audiences about the challenges of climate change and the potential actions we can take to alleviate the (...)

From left, Adam Dawson as judge, Louis Heath as Richard Bruton and Cillian Byrne as prosecutor during a theatrical mock trial at Leinster House, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish climate change protesters have said they will learn from “the mistakes” of counterparts in London where two individuals disrupted a tube train s(...)

A Somalian girl carries her sibling at the Mooro Hagar camp in  Somalia’s Bay state, an area that has been subject to extreme drought. Photograph: Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Decades of progress in addressing world hunger is being undermined by worsening hunger levels in some countries, due to accelerating climate disruptio(...)

Former president Mary Robinson is pictured in Iveagh House in Dublin where she delivered the Michael Sweetman Memorial Lecture on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former president Mary Robinson has defended the Extinction Rebellion campaign of civil disobedience, saying the protesters were correct to disrupt a “(...)

Mary Robinson: Continuing rises in global emissions means widespread subsidies for fossil fuels ‘must stop’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The fossil fuel industry will not change its ways and move to contribute to ending the global climate change threat until it is forced to do so, accor(...)

Members of Fridays for Future urging action on climate change outside the Dáil in February. File photograph: Alan Betson

Whether or not you have a reusable water bottle, or sometimes cycle to work instead of taking the car, may seem irrelevant when you consider, for exam(...)

Climate activist Greta Thunberg outside the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

More than 800 rallies are due to take place across the 50 states of the US on Friday as pressure mounts on Donald Trump’s administration to change pol(...)

James McGovern, a recently retired teacher who led his school to win a record haul of awards for public speaking competitions. Photograph: Patrick Browne
Secrets of school debating success

As a young teacher in CBS Enniscorthy in the mid-1980s, I took over the coaching of the public speaking and debating teams as an extracurricular activ(...)

Mary Robinson told delegates at a Mercer Global Investment Forum in Dublin that the finance industry needs to take the long view in the interests of the planet and future generations.

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson told a group of international investors managing over €5 trillion of assets that they have a duty to put cli(...)

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