More detailed recovery plans are needed for key species including farmland birds (notably the curlew); wintering waterbirds and breeding seabirds ‘to reverse devastating declines’, according to BirdWatch Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Biodiversity in Ireland “is in A&E and needs the full backing of political parties and the public working together to halt and reverse declines in(...)

- Michelle Mulcahy, Stephen Rea, Aoife Scott and Louise Mulcahy, some of the Artists involved in TradFest2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

Actor Stephen Rea has said the unification of Ireland is “inevitable” and that conversations about its constitutional future will continue . “There a(...)

Leo Varadkar with Boris Johnson in Dublin.  The Taoiseach says when he told Mr Johnson he expected the UK to pay for a Northern Ireland-Scotland bridge, Mr Johnson said the EU would pay for it. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A Border poll on a united Ireland would be “defeated and divisive” and would not be a good idea, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned. He said neither u(...)

In the North, 94,000 people are waiting for more than a year for a consultant compared to just 3,364 in England though England has 30 times the population of Northern Ireland. Photograph: iStock

A united Ireland is “unlikely to ruin the State” and could cost less than people assume, an economist at the Economic and Social Research Institute (E(...)

French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye speaks during a session of questions to the government at the French National Assembly in Paris. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty Images

The men and women who surround French president Emmanuel Macron tend to be graduates of the elite grandes écoles, well-dressed but in drab colours, re(...)

Gardaí remove demonstrators during an Extinction Rebellion protest outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A number of Extinction Rebellion protestors who blocked the gates of Leinster House on Tuesday evening were removed by gardaí but no arrests were made(...)

 An activist draws the ‘XR’ logo on the EU flag. Extinction Rebellion Ireland says voting, lobbying and petitions have all failed. Photograph: EPA

Environmental activists will stage multiple demonstrations in Dublin on Monday as part of a week-long campaign of civil disobedience in the capital ai(...)

Prof Hugh Brady, vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol and a former president of UCD, says the decline of Irish universities is  linked to the global financial crisis and the threat of Brexit. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The state of Ireland’s higher education and research system should be viewed as a national crisis, according to the head of a UK university. Speaking(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the appointment of Catherine Day in the Dáil following Cabinet approval. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former head of the European Commission Service Catherine Day has been appointed to chair the new Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality. Taoiseach Leo(...)

In 2018 global carbon dioxide emissions grew 2 per cent, reaching a record high. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

All new revenues raised by new or increased carbon taxes in Ireland will be ringfenced to pay for coping with climate action and helping the poor to d(...)

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