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Senator  Hildegarde Naughton said the costs involved in the establishment of  Irish Water were justifiable and “should have been published in itemised fashion from the outset and defended”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Irish Water “debacle” could have been avoided by straight talking at the outset, a Government Senator has said.Criticising the way the costs invol(...)

“We are not going to dig up the continent to reduce our €545 billion annual fossil-fuel import bill. Nor is nuclear going to provide a cheaper economic alternative.” The coal power plant of German utility RWE Power near the western town of Niederaussem. Photograph: Reuters/Ina Fassbender

The European 2030 Climate and Energy plan published yesterday should be a wake- up call. Anyone with an interest in climate change will know that the (...)

Dole queue on Bishop Street, Dublin. The long-term unemployment rate of 12.3 per cent among men here was the highest such rate in the EU. The long-term unemployment rate among women here was 5.5 per cent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The State had the highest rate of long-term unemployment among men in Europe in 2012, despite emigration, an official report on our faltering economic(...)

Excluding illness, poverty and smoking, researchers found that an increase of just a fifth in the levels of the smallest pollution particles, caused by engine fumes and coal smoke, cause heart attack numbers to jump by 13 per cent. Photograph: Reuters

Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to a sharp increase in heart attacks and angina cases, according to research in five European Unio(...)

Ireland was the only country in the EU to experience a decrease in inflation between 2008 and 2012 but prices remain high by EU standards according to a new report from the Central Statistics Office.

Ireland is the fifth most expensive state in the EU, according to a new report from the Central Statistics Office. According to the report, only Denma(...)

According to the latest Eurostat figures, house prices here rose by 4.1 per cent in the third quarter of last year compared with the previous quarter. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish house prices are now rising at a faster rate than in nearly every other European Union country.According to the latest Eurostat figures, house p(...)

The glass ceiling that holds women back from managerial advancement is as impenetrable as ever, with new research matching data from a decade ago. Eve(...)

 Michael Fassbender. Photograph: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

As expected, three films dominated when Chris Hemsworth read out the Oscar nominations in Los Angeles at lunchtime. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a (...)

‘The arrest of three key resistance personnel at Ärhus in December 1943 had catastrophic consequences for Monica de Wichfeld. Under torture, they gave away the names of many associates, including that of Monica.’ Above, a group of Danish resistance fighters on May 5th, 1945. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

Monica de Wichfeld is an unsung Irish heroine of the second World War. She was born in London in 1894, the eldest child and only daughter of a Fermana(...)

British film director Steve McQueen (left)  with the star of his film 12 Years A Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor. Photograph: Reuters

The 71st Golden Globe Awards will be held in Los Angeles tonight with two films vying for many of the key honours. American Hustle and 12 Years a Slav(...)

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