John Fitzgerald

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Jennifer Jewell: “I see hope and value in a self-sustaining cycle of living with plants, loving plants, learning plants, growing plants, knowing plants, interpreting plants.”  Photograph:  John Whittlesey

  We all have our heroes and it’s not surprising so many of mine belong in one way or another to the world of plants. They include gardeners, de(...)

With the recovery in the economy, the demand for workers in the construction sector has grown rapidly.

The financial crash and the mayhem that it produced had a scarring effect on all those living in Ireland. Between 2007 and 2011, the State’s unemploym(...)

Speaking in Trinity College Dublin at a conference to mark 250 years of the College Historical Society, Eddie O’Connor said 75,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy capacity was achievable at a low cost of 5 cents per kilowatt-hour

Ireland could supply 5 per cent of Europe’s electricity needs by exploiting offshore wind opportunities off the west coast, according to renewable ene(...)

“The Republic is far wealthier than Northern Ireland and its economy grows much more quickly. Facilitating some economic convergence between the two entities would be a significant and public policy challenge.” Photograph: iStock

Pressure to hold a Border poll for Irish unification is “becoming difficult to resist” in the wake of Brexit, but poses risks for the financial streng(...)

Cluain na dTor gardens in Donegal. Photograph: Seamus O’Donnell

There are times, surrounded by the gloomy, grey drip-drip of an endless Irish winter, when I wonder what it would be like to live in a country with an(...)

 Can we build enough  homes to satisfy the claims made by the various parties in the recent general election campaign? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The different election manifestos promised to radically scale up building, particularly social housing. However, it is likely that building new homes (...)

Grattan Court East in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The company behind five holiday rental houses in Dublin city, valued at more than €1 million each, is to appeal a decision banning their use for short(...)

The North’s economy suffered substantially during the Troubles and did not recover strongly after the Good Friday Agreement. Photograph: iStock

We have yet to see how the negotiations on a new government will pan out, but having got the largest share of the popular vote, Sinn Féin is in a stro(...)

Former minister for health Mary Harney: showed real leadership in reorganisation of cancer services, in spite of significant local opposition. Photograph: James Horan/Collins

The transfer of responsibility for climate change in 2016 from the Department of the Environment and Local Government to the former department of comm(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald takes part in the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

Question: Do carbon taxes reduce emissions, and have they done so in Ireland? Who is making the claim? On Tuesday night’s RTÉ leaders’ debate, Sinn(...)

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