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Environment commissioner Karmenu Vella said a derogation from water charges could have been sought in 2010 but was not. File photograph: Getty Images

The European Commission has said Ireland cannot abolish water charges without breaching the EU’s water framework directive. Environment commissioner (...)

The European Commission said Ireland made a clear commitment to set up water charges to comply with the provisions of Article 9(1).

The European Commission has insisted Ireland cannot abolish water charges without breaching European law. In a written response to MEP Marian Harkin,(...)

Minister for the Environment: the objective is to “take the political heat out of this issue so we can get down to what makes sense on providing safe water in Ireland in a cost-effective manner”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for the Environment Simon Coveney has said he is determined the suspension of water charges will last for no longer than nine months. The s(...)

“The stakes are high. The EU currently discards about 600 million tonnes of waste materials every year. While recycling rates reach 80 per cent in some countries, in others they are below 5 per cent.” File photograph: Getty Images

It’s happening now: our planet is warming, species are disappearing, and resources are becoming scarcer. In a world where the population grows every(...)

 Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly following a briefing with the National Coordination Group in Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The body tasked with overseeing the river Shannon will be given powers to recommend legislative changes to Government, The Irish Times has learned. T(...)

  Simon Harris: welcomed €200 million investment in Ireland by the European Investment Bank to tackle flood-prevention measures, the first time the EIB has funded flood-related infrastructure in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It is “highly unlikely” that Ireland will qualify for emergency EU funding to tackle the recent flooding, Minister of State Simon Harris has said as (...)

The European Investment Bank provides loans to EU countries to invest in infrastructural projects, providing long-term financing at low interest rates.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed a €200 million investment for Ireland to help tackle flood prevention measures. The funding, which wil(...)

Minister of State Simon Harris: “Perhaps these thresholds need to be looked at.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister of State Simon Harris is to press the EU to amend the thresholds that apply to funding from the EU Solidarity Fund. Speaking ahead of a visi(...)

The European Commission last week rejected suggestions that EU laws are to blame for the severe flooding in Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Politicians from across the political spectrum are to meet with officials from the European Commission today in Brussels to seek clarity on EU regulat(...)

Pierre Cousteau, director of Cousteau Foundation and son of Jacques Cousteau with Simon Coveney TD Minister for the Marine at the Harnessing our Ocean Wealth conference in Cork Harbour. Photograph: Darragh Kane

French explorer, film-maker and diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau once said that “if the sea dies, man dies”, and his youngest son concurs. However, moralis(...)

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