Bord na Móna’s exit from peat, including making briquettes, had to be carefully planned, head of business transformation Joe Lane said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The semi-State energy company Bord na Móna has defended its plan to continue using peat for electricity generating up to 2030 in spite of its impact i(...)

Between 2008 and 2015, an extra 471,711 diesel cars took to the road, while the number of petrol cars decreased by 425,903. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tax on diesel fuel may have to be increased to limit a trend that has seen the number of private cars powered by it rise significantly in recent years(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the National Mitigation Plan on climate change as ‘a first step’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the world of politics and economics, there’s always a deal to be cut and a compromise to be reached. The real world, governed by the iron laws of p(...)

There has been much talk but little action by successive governments as they dithered over Ireland’s international undertakings to address global warming. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/ Reuters

The Climate Change Advisory Council has delivered a sharply critical response to the Government’s National Mitigation Plan for carbon emissions and co(...)

Driving change: the move to electric cars Photograph:  PA

The major benefits of halting climate change will be felt by future generations, but the financial costs of taking the necessary actions will be borne(...)

Ireland should phase out diesel and petrol vehicles but the Government must inform people of the costs involved in the change, according to the State’(...)

 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(...)

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