Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday  announcing  that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Photograph:  Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

In an act of self-sabotage President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This will achieved nothing, and cost himself, (...)

An analysis by The Irish Times coupled with the findings of recent academic research suggests that while a total of 62 quangos were terminated in the past six years, as many as 40 new agencies have been created, some 14 of them involving the merger of old agencies.

The ambitious “quango cull” of State agencies promised by Fine Gael and Labour in the run-up to the 2011 general election has amounted to a net reduct(...)

Former minister for public expenditure Brendan Howlin, who promised that 48 bodies would be abolished or merged, but the changes were incremental rather than instrumental Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Of all the three-card political tricks played in the last decade, the “quango cull” must rank as the most audacious. In the run-up to the 2011 gener(...)

Protesters  at a climate change protest: “Progress  in tackling transport emissions has been  limited.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Paris Agreement on climate change, which was reached last December, has been ratified by Ireland, the European Union and almost 100 other countrie(...)

Demonstrators protest on sidelines of  COP22 climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Sunday. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

It is unwise to write history when you’re living through it. Seemingly unremarkable events in their time may be judged very harshly with the benefit o(...)

  Activists protest  near the   ESB peat burning power station   in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Paris agreement on climate change, reached last December, has been ratified by Ireland, the EU, and almost 100 other countries, and it has now tak(...)

Prof FitzGerald said: “It is an issue that is massive for the world and we must play our part.”

Ireland is very unlikely to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions limits and unless the Government pursues a new approach we will miss even tougher (...)

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme offers a market where heavy emitters are obliged to buy carbon credits, the price of which has fallen dramatically since 2008.  Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

The expert group which advises the Government on climate change has come out in favour of a minimum price for carbon under the EU Emissions Trading Sc(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius and French president François Hollande celebrate the adoption of a climate change deal in Paris. Photograph: Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

‘It always seems impossible until it is done.” Thus spoke French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, quoting another author of the impossible, Nelson Man(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny shakes hands with French president Francois Hollande upon his arrival for the opening of the UN conference on climate change, on November 30th, 2015 at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday I will join more than 120 other world leaders and the representatives of some 190 countries in Paris to support and mark the opening (...)

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