Ireland ranks low for action on Sustainable Development Goals

February 22nd, 2019 Ireland is falling behind on its environmental commitments under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new report has found. The Sustainable Progress Index for 2019, launched this morning at the Carmelite Centre in Co Dublin, ranks Ireland in the bottom third of 15 EU countries examined for its overall actions to […]

Michael Ewing Photo: Niall Sargent

Sustainable model key to save our fragile eco-system

February 21st, 2019 The Government must follow the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and ensure environmental laws are enforced to save our increasingly fragile eco-system, the coordinator of Ireland’s largest environmental coalition has said. Speaking during the closing session of the National Biodiversity Conference this afternoon, Michael Ewing of the Environmental Pillar said that we are […]

Irish Water to write to 140,000 premises over drinking water concerns

October 3rd, 2018 Irish Water is set to write to 140,000 homes and businesses over concerns about drinking water quality over the coming weeks. The concerned supplies are on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of 55 ‘at risk’ water supplies across 16 counties where drinking water quality is poor. Water is safe to drink […]

Reuse Month 2018 launch. Minister Denis Naughten with Regional Waste Prevention Officers Pauline McDonogh, Declan Breen, and Sinéad Ní Mhainnín and Christine Costelloe and Claire Downey from CRNI. Photo: Ray Ryan

Reuse Month: People urged to reuse more, waste less

October 2nd, 2018 Numerous events will be held across the country to highlight the importance of reusing waste throughout National Reuse Month this October. Three Irish waste management offices have also appealed to the public to reuse and recycle their waste more frequently, counting the country’s low reuse figures. It has been estimated that Irish […]

Creators Hugh Weldon and Ahmad Muazzam Photo: Ramya Ramalingam

TCD graduates win UN award for ethical food shopping app

September 27th, 2018 An ethical food shopping app developed by two entrepreneurial Trinity College Dublin graduates has won the UN prestigious Young Champions of the Earth Award. The smartphone app called Evocco is designed to give consumers real-time information about the environmental cost of their food purchases. The Champions of the Earth Award is the UN’s most […]

Ireland remains ‘profoundly unequal’ 100-group strong march set to warn

September 25th, 2018 Despite our current economic prowess, Ireland remains a “profoundly unequal place”, the head of Social Justice Ireland has warned. Speaking in advance of a march today to mark the third anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dr Sean Healy said that we need a “concerted all-of-government” approach to […]

Fine Gael accused of greenwashing over Green Week campaign

August 24th, 2018 Environmental, conservation and opposition groups have criticised Fine Gael’s environmental record following the announcement of their Green Week campaign. The campaign, introduced on Monday, saw the Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD and several of his party colleagues appear on social media to increase public awareness of climate change and suggest ways to go green. However, critics say that the Government is ignoring its own responsibilities as the […]

‘Loving Galway’ sustainability festival Photo: Local Enterprise Office Galway

Galway City Community Network creates city’s first sustainability festival

August 3rd, 2018  Community and environmental groups across Galway City are joining forces to create a festival to encourage the community to live more sustainably. Galway City was awarded the European Green Leaf 2017 last year and was the inspiration for this festival, organised by the Galway City Community Network (GCCN). The GCCN has been […]

Photo: Transition Town Kinsale

Transition Network providing a more sustainable future for towns and cities

July 26th, 2018 Living in a time of such environmental and climate uncertainty, new approaches are constantly being envisioned to try and lessen our impact. One such approach is the global Transition Network movement, which started in our very own county of Cork. The Transition Network brings communities together to reimagine and rebuild the world […]

Zero Waste Cashel: Community role in combating waste

July 19th, 2018 It is predicted that two-thirds of the global population will be living in urban areas by 2050. And with more people inevitably comes more waste issues. So how will we be able to cope? With the Greater Dublin Area alone set to see its population increase by just over 400,000 by 2031, […]