A Statutory Instrument would require windfarms to conduct an environmental impact assessment of their electricity grid connection as part of any planning permission application

Windfarm lobby group critical of Govt policy

07 Feb A confidential memo from the wind industry's main lobby group has described a proposed new planning order from the outgoing Government as posing a "significant impact" on the windfarm sector.

A member of the secret service clears snow off a police car outside the White House in Washington

'Potentially crippling' storm hits US northeast

22 Jan An expanding winter storm has hit the US states of Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky with snow, sleet and freezing as Washington, DC, and much of the east coast braced for blizzard conditions could drop up to 76cm of snow.

Right2Water says 27 protests are planned for Saturday

Right2Water plans pre-election demonstration

20 Jan Water charge campaign group Right2Water has said it will hold the "biggest demonstration in the history of the State" on the weekend before the forthcoming general election.

In relation to an insurance levy Alan Kelly said 'everything was on the table'

Kelly to question insurers over cover for flooding

11 Jan The Minister for the Environment has said that he will be trying to find out why people cannot get insurance despite a huge amount of money being put into flood defences in some areas at tomorrow's meeting with representatives of the insurance industry.

Insurance Ireland has rejected claims it is not doing enough to help flood victims

Insurance body urges Govt to build flood defences

08 Jan The body which represents the insurance industry has said the Government must build adequate flood defences in unprotected areas of the country before insurers will agree to any new scheme to help victims of flooding.

This home outside Hollymount in Co Mayo has been flooded for over four weeks

Flood compensation scheme opens for farmers

07 Jan Some farmers seeking compensation for flood damage may begin applying following several weeks of extensive flooding which has caused damage in many parts of the country.