The final section of the M8 Dublin to Cork motorway. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Sitting in a control room in East Wall in Dublin, Kevin O’Rourke and his team watch on a bank of screens as a car leaving Dublin Port slows to a stop (...)

Simon Community’s Niamh Randall said “it would have been nice to see more measures to address affordability and security of tenure for tenants”. File photograph: The Irish Times

A number of organisations from health to housing to environmental groups have reacted to Tuesday’s budget with some calling it “very disappointing” an(...)

A certain level of plastic was needed for food safety purposes, but retailers did not use excess packaging because it was costly, Mr Burke said.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Supermarkets need to do more to halt “the rising tide of plastic”, according to the organisers of a day of action targeting excess packaging and plast(...)

The alliance of environmental groups has  called for   coal-burning at Moneypoint power station to stop by 2022,  much sooner than is planned. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The Citizens’ Assembly should call for a referendum to give a constitutional right to environmental protection to the people of Ireland, according to(...)

Will the changing of the guard herald a more serious approach to meeting our emissions targets? Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

The rise of Sinn Féin in Ireland was dramatically underlined 100 years ago this month with the election of Éamon de Valera in the Clare East by-electi(...)

EU targets: the European Union wants to cut emissions across member states. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty

Next week Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten is expected to launch a “national climate dialogue”, as part of the process of putting together t(...)

Hot air?: The lowering of Ireland’s targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 was a clear victory for lobbyists in favour of radical expansion of beef and dairy farming. Photograph: E+/Getty

Climate-smart agriculture is “not just a list of technologies and practices; it is also the process of engaging all stakeholders around a common visi(...)

Natural order: new borders cannot stop the Foyle from flowing from Donegal to Derry via Tyrone. Photograph courtesy of the European Space Agency

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, but new borders cannot stop swallows migrating from Africa to Malin Head, via Land’s End and Strabane, (...)

David Staunton: “Ecotherapy takes into account the feelings of loss, hopelessness and denial that many of us are living with due to the gross injustices – climate change, pollution, the mass extinction of birds, animals and plants – that nature and our planet experience”

‘Ecopsychology” is part of the solution to climate-change denial and inaction on global warming, according to David Staunton, an “ecopsychologist” (...)