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Flat-fee refuse charges scrapped in bid to increase recycling rates

June 28, 2017 |

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced that the mandatory pay-by-weight scheme is to be abandoned and flat fee charges are to be scrapped.

The pay-by-weight scheme, which was due to come … Read More

IDA seeking new data centre locations across Ireland

June 27, 2017 |

Already home to at least 30 global data centres belonging to tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Vodafone, Interxion and Equinix, to name a few; the IDA is on the hunt for suitable locations for the next … Read More

Irish Energy-Saving Initiative Wins Major European Award

June 26, 2017 |

Dublin City Council and its energy agency Codema scooped a major European award last week for the Home Energy Saving Kits, which are available for the public to borrow from all of the council’s public libraries across the … Read More

Fáilte Ireland report shows record year for tourism in 2016

June 22, 2017 |

More than one million North Americans visited Ireland in 2016, the first time the milestone has ever been broken.

The figures were revealed in this week’s preliminary Tourism Facts 2016 – a compilation of Irish tourism … Read More

Poll finds office staff feel meetings are not productive

June 20, 2017 |

We’re all a bit guilty of zoning out during meetings, equally management can be guilty of overkill on the meeting front too.

It can be difficult to concentrate the entirety and they can be viewed as … Read More

Green Business Seminar ahead of Fleadh Cheoil

June 16, 2017 |

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the most important event in the traditional music calendar.

For many, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, … Read More

New wind energy development guidelines proposed

June 15, 2017 |

The Government has this week announced the initial outcome of a major revision of controversial guidelines for wind energy developments.

The amendments to the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines were presented by the Minister for Housing, … Read More

New scheme to make it easier for artists to access social welfare

June 13, 2017 |

Artists and writers will have easier access social welfare payments under a new government pilot scheme launched this week.

The new initiative – which is being introduced on a pilot basis for 12 months – applies … Read More

Ireland’s largest wind farm opens in Donegal

June 12, 2017 |

The largest windfarm in Ireland officially opened at Meenadreen, Co Donegal, following a €145m investment by Energia.

The 95-megawatt wind farm has 38 turbines standing 115m high with 90m rotor diameter.

Renewable energy firm Energia developed … Read More

5 gadgets to invest in for summer

June 9, 2017 |

Quite often, the best technology comes at a hefty price but not always. Here are five gadgets to up your tech game on a budget…

Backup battery pack

No matter what time of year it is, … Read More

Trinity and UCD study calls for improved cycling infrastructure

June 7, 2017 |

Switching to a cycling commute may have enormous health benefits, but only if an individual can cycle in a safe environment a new study claims.

The behaviour of more than 50,000 commuters in Dublin (as documented … Read More

The Burren LIFE Project claims EU LIFE nature award

June 6, 2017 |

The Burren LIFE Project, which ensures the protection of the unique biodiversity of the Burren, has won an EU LIFE nature award.

A total of 15 projects were selected as finalists for the keenly contested awards … Read More

6 easy tips to make you switch off after work

June 2, 2017 |

We’ve all been there and we all know how difficult it can be.

You arrive home after a long hard day at work, but you’re unable erase thoughts about that presentation, that pitch or project.

Extra funds and resources made available in crackdown on illegal dumping

June 1, 2017 |

Minister for Environment Denis Naughten is doubling the €650,000 announced in March to crack down on the growing scourge of illegal dumping.

The provision of extra funding to support the implementation of a second phase of … Read More

Smart rainfall sensors to be deployed in Dublin city to give an early-warning defence from flooding

May 30, 2017 |

Dublin City will be getting kitted with new ‘smart’ rainfall sensors to give it an early-warning system to protect against flooding.

The low-cost sensors are being deployed across the capital to monitor rainfall, weather conditions and … Read More

Ireland’s first satellite given go-ahead by European Space Agency

May 25, 2017 |

Ireland’s first satellite is set to be developed after a team of Irish based researchers got the green light from the European Space Agency.

The Education Irish Research Satellite 1 (EIRSAT-1) will be launched from the … Read More

75% of Irish beaches ‘excellent’ for swimming – EPA

May 18, 2017 |

For a third year in a row 75 per cent of Ireland’s designated bathing waters have been classified as excellent by the Environmental Protection Agency in its annual report.

130 beaches were marked as excellent, good … Read More

Ireland has one of the worst records for food waste in the EU

May 17, 2017 |

Ireland is one of the worst performers in the EU when it comes to food waste, according to a new report from the European Commission.

Food waste contributes to a total annual bill of €143 billion … Read More

Researchers find way to filter water that uses 1,000 times less energy

May 11, 2017 |

A team led by a University of Limerick researcher has made a major breakthrough in water filtration that lets it use 1,000 times less energy than conventional methods.

With climate change expected to increase areas of … Read More

BurrenLIFE Programme nominated for EU Green Awards

May 9, 2017 |

Ireland’s BurrenLIFE project has been shortlisted as one of the top five Nature Conservation Projects in Europe, as part of a competition celebrating the impact of the EU LIFE funding programme.

Over 4,300 LIFE projects around … Read More