Fyffes Ireland Introduces New Reduced-packaging Banana Band

In what it says is a ‘significant step’ towards reducing its packaging imprint, banana importers Fyffes Ireland has introduced new, sustainable and fully recyclable paper banding for use in wrapping its Organic Fairtrade bananas at the point-of-sale. The move, which represents the outcome of an 18-month long period of research and development, sees the company […]

National Lottery announces the 36 finalists for the 2019 National Lottery Good Causes Awards

National awards to celebrate “Ordinary people doing extraordinary things” A Traveller youth advocacy group, a heritage group based on a tiny island off the coast of Cork, Ireland’s only dedicated publisher of books by children, a scuba diving club, an organisation which works to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of sexual violence, and […]

Over 10,000 Tonnes of Plastic Waste Avoided Thanks to ‘Plastic Pledge’ – Minister Bruton

65 Industry leaders sign up to the Repak Plastics Pledge, eliminating 27,277 tonnes of C02 from the atmosphere. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. today welcomed the success of the Repak ‘Plastic Pledge’ initiative, which will see over 10,600 tonnes of plastic packaging diverted from waste by the end of […]

Dáil Eireann Declares Climate Emergency and Endorses Blueprint for Climate Action

Dáil Eireann has tonight voted [1] to declare a “Climate Emergency” and ” accept and endorse” the blueprint for action developed by the cross-party Committee on Climate Action. Reacting, Oisin Coghlan, Coordinator of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, said:”This is a radical mandate for climate action from the Dáil. It really puts it up to […]

Radon in workplaces – new legislation requires employers in high radon areas to test for this cancer-causing gas

New radiation protection legislation requires all employers in high radon areas to test their workplace for the radioactive gas radon.  Where levels are above the national reference level of 300 Becquerel per metre cubed, employers are then required to carry out work to reduce these levels.At today’s National Radon Forum, attendees heard from the Environmental […]

Tackling Climate Change and other major environmental challenges – EPA Research Call to provide €10.2 million for new research

 The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.2 million available for new research projects, to be awarded in 2019 and 2020, the Research Call is divided into three strands: Climate & Air, Environmental Sustainability, and Water. […]

IWT is calling on the government to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency following the publication of the latest UN report

The Irish Wildlife Trust is calling on the government to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency following the publication of the latest UN report to warn of catastrophic consequences for humanity in the face of global mass extinction. Biodiversity loss has impacted Ireland worse than most countries with 120 species documented as having gone extinct […]

Get Walking, Get Talking – Forest Walks In Support Of Green Ribbon Campaign

IFA President Joe Healy has encouraged farm families to attend and support ‘Let’s Talk and Walk’ forest walks organised by IFA in partnership with See Change, Coillte, and Mental Health Ireland in support of the Green Ribbon campaign for the month of May. Nine walks have been organised in venues throughout the country during May […]

Too Eggstravagant? Over a fifth of Irish residents feel they buy too many Easter eggs

Repak calls on the Irish public to join Team Green and recycle more this Easter Irish residents are expected to recycle 39,020 tonnes of packaging recycling this year, enough to fill the Aviva Stadium to its roof almost twofold 36% receive chocolate eggs before Easter each year and as a result, 41% of those admit […]

Over 20,000 Disclosures of Domestic Violence against Women and Children made to Women’s Aid in 2018

Women’s Aid Report 2018 details 19,089 contacts with Women’s Aid Direct Services including the 24hr National Freephone Helpline and Dublin based One to One Support Services.  During these contacts 16,994 disclosures of domestic violence against women were noted.  There were an additional 3,728 disclosures of child abuse made (20,722 in total). One in four women […]

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