Ireland leading the way in wind energy

Ireland is one of eight countries in the world that generates more than 30 per cent of its electricity from wind and solar, according to a report from an energy think tank. Wind and solar generated 10.3 per cent of global electricity for the first time in 2021, according to the report by Ember. It also found that there are 50 countries that generate more than 10 per cent of their electricity from renewable sources, up from 43 in 2020.

‘I want Ukrainian refugee to become part of my life’

Rita Brady is one of more than 24,000 people in Ireland who have offered accommodation to Ukrainian refugees. The 47-year-old artist has a spare room in her house in a quiet village in Co Louth. After offering it to the Red Cross three weeks ago and hearing nothing back, she posted the details in a Facebook group. Within a week, Maisa Lisovets, an 84-year-old grandmother, arrived to stay. Lisovets, who has lived in Zaporozhye her entire life, fled with her daughter and four dogs, on March 9.

Thousands of medieval Irish manuscripts lost to history

About nine in ten Irish-language manuscripts from the medieval era have been lost for ever, according to a study. Scholars from Ireland, Britain, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Taiwan used techniques derived from ecology, used to determine species loss, to estimate the number of remaining texts. The team found that the number of surviving manuscripts in six medieval language areas varies throughout Europe.

State eyes €100 handout to help poorer families in Ireland

The government is to consider making a one-off bonus payment of between €65 and €100 to low-income families and older people, in order to reduce the cost of living for vulnerable households as inflation takes its toll. At a cabinet subcommittee meeting on Thursday, ministers will discuss either doubling the planned energy credit from €100 to €200, or increasing it to €150 while giving a more targeted payment through the fuel allowance scheme to those in greatest need.

Ireland’s internet safety regulation will have a global impact, cyber expert warns

Ireland’s regulation of internet safety will impact the rest of the world, a cyberpsychology expert has told a committee. Mary Aiken, a professor of forensic cyberpsychology at University of East London, said that the internet was like cars before they were required to have seat belts and was “unsafe at any speed”. Ireland’s approach to the regulation of tech firms is important, as the European headquarters of many global players are based in Dublin, such as Google and Facebook.

Retrofitting rentals: where the housing and climate crises collide

Aisling* loves where she lives. She has a spacious room with a big window. The neighbourhood is nice, too. She lives near friends, public transit and a vibrant community. Everything she needs is in walking distance. But her room gets very cold in the winter. So cold that she can see her own breath. Even with the heater on, she wears layers upon layers: sweatpants, a jumper, socks and then a robe. Sometimes her room is colder than it is outside. This flips in the summer.

Recent amendments have “gutted” Climate Bill

Recent amendments to the Climate Bill have taken the “guts out” of the legislation, according to one of Ireland’s leading climate scientists. A number of amendments were proposed and passed by the Government last Friday in the Seanad, including those which say the Government shall make regulations for determining how greenhouse gas emissions are taken into account and the manner in which they are calculated.