Richard Bruton

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 Stephen Donnelly:  in August  he takes bronze in the trampoline at the  Olympics in Japan

Time to take our crystal bauble down from the soon-to-be-mulched tree and take a sneak preview at what lies ahead in 2021. JANUARY – It quickly becom(...)

Pandemic aside, the year was good to some, and not so good to others Good year: Jacinda Ardern New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ard(...)

‘It seems that some of those who opine on the state of the housing market will clutch at straws to prove that the State can deliver housing much more cheaply than the private sector.’ Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The recent rejection by Dublin City councillors of proposals to build new homes at Oscar Traynor Road was a significant setback to efforts to tackle o(...)

A recent OECD report shows that Irish primary schools are second only to Israel in the amount of time spent on compulsory religious instruction. Photograph: iStock

Most schools are not complying with legal requirements which require them to detail arrangements for students who do not wish to attend religious inst(...)

Taoiseach  told the Dáil  on Wednesday that he would like to get back to Level 3 restrictions for December 1st. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Families should be given clarity over Covid-19 restrictions ahead of Christmas, while the risk of ongoing economic and social damage from lockdowns ne(...)

 Séamus Woulfe: found himself at the centre of controversy following his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society Clifden dinner in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Séamus Woulfe (58) was born in Raheny in 1962 and like so many of his colleagues at the Bar and on the bench, was educated at Belvedere College before(...)

The committee was told that national climate laws needed to put in place systems of governance which ‘bake in’ a need to ‘course correct’ if ever progress is falling behind. File photograph: Getty

The Government’s Bill to enshrine in law a commitment to decarbonise Ireland by 2050 in its present form will not drive down carbon emissions to the l(...)

Prof John Sweeney said he reacted with dismay as weak aspects of the 2015 Climate Bill were incorporated into the Bill.  Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s Climate Bill to boost the national effort to reduce carbon emissions has come under sustained criticism due to vague language, lack o(...)

The €2 billion scheme, announced as part of the Government’s July stimulus package, provides low-cost loans to businesses impacted by the pandemic with up to 80 per cent guaranteed by the State.

Up to 1,250 Irish businesses have been “recommended” for State-backed coronavirus loans, according to a senior official at the Department of Enterpris(...)

Former minister for climate action Richard Bruton (Fine Gael) said for the first time carbon budgets were being introduced with binding targets. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor Claims that the Government’s Climate Action Bill is “full of loose language” and fails to incorpor(...)

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