Members of the syndicat UNIA union demonstrate outside  a McDonald’s restaurant over the company’s approach to  social distancing over the coronavirus pandemic, in Crissier, Switzerland, on  March 20th. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

All McDonald’s restaurants in the UK and Ireland will close by 7pm on Monday to protect the safety of its employees and customers, the company has sai(...)

A park bench in floodwater in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Flooding has hit train services between Limerick and Galway as waters have risen above the rail at Kiltartan, Co Galway. Services are to be be part-s(...)

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters at Fine Gael headquarters on Upper Mount Street, Dublin. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

It would be foolish to suggest that Fine Gael was punished by the electorate for failing to act on climate change. Similarly, the EU fines coming our(...)

Spot the difference: Leo Varadkar out canvassing in Galway. Photographs: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Leo’s cup slip-up Leo Varadkar dismissed accusations he was a “Tory boy” last week, but it appears his spin doctors have taken a lesson from their Co(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “Betting on not having to measure methane would be a fundamental mistake and a high-risk strategy for the farming community.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin have underlined that they will not support any attempt to reduce the size of the national herd with a view to cutting (...)

Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman, Climate Change Advisory Council and Prof Frank Mitloehner, University of California at the IFA’s Climate Action in Agriculture conference in Dublin . Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

It does not make sense that Ireland is regarded as producing more greenhouse gases than Los Angeles, a city of 13 million people, a US scientist has t(...)

Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness topped the poll in 2016. His public profile as well as a strong electoral base makes him the leader in the field once more. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Carlow-Kilkenny (five seats) Current: 2 FG, 2 FF, 1 SF At the last general election in 2016, Fianna Fáil came close to winning three seats out of fi(...)

The tractor protest by farmers that caused massive disruption to traffic in Dublin last week will do nothing to improve the price of beef and has only served to frustrate and alienate the urban dwellers who are the target market for beef. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The tractor protest by farmers that caused massive disruption to traffic in Dublin last week was pointless and counter-productive. It will do nothing (...)

One way to reduce methane emissions is via the diet. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s dairy herd has increased by about 50 per cent since 2015 along with a parallel increase in emissions of methane, a strong greenhouse gas emi(...)

John Paul Phelan: “He said some of them are OK but some were nutters”. File photograph: Tom Honan

A Government minister has described some members of the Green Party as “nutters” as TDs from all parties prepare for the looming general election camp(...)

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