Air pollution is associated with more than 400,000 premature deaths a year in the European Union

Concern over level of air pollutants

23 Oct The Environmental Protection Agency has found that levels of certain cancer causing pollutants in Ireland are significantly above the levels recommended by the World Health Organization.

John Tierney said it was humbling to watch his staff at work

Irish Water chief defends staff bonuses

22 Oct Irish Water Managing Director John Tierney has defended bonuses paid to the company's staff, saying they are doing a fantastic job and it is humbling to watch them work.

It took 5,000 years for European genes to evolve until they were no longer lactose intolerant

Early Europeans were 'lactose intolerant'

21 Oct Early Europeans had a problem drinking the milk of cows and goats for about 5,000 years after the introduction of farming, a University College Dublin study has found.

Rescuers pressed on with their search for bodies

Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard

19 Oct Hopes faded today for survivors of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39.

Irish Water said it was looking at extending the deadline for receipt of application forms

Tenants warned of eviction over water charges

16 Oct Meath County Council has confirmed that it has written to all Rental Accommodation Scheme tenants advising them that they could face eviction if they do not pay their water charges.

Minister Kelly added that it is important tenants are made aware of their obligations

Minister acknowledges RAS letter was unhelpful

17 Oct Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has acknowledged that the language in the letter sent by Wicklow County Council to Rental Accommodation Scheme tenants was unhelpful and over the top.

The site of the Hinkley plant in Somerset

Govt considering position on UK nuclear plant

09 Oct The Government will consider its position carefully before deciding on whether to take legal action against plans for a new nuclear power plant in England, Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.