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A growing sense of powerlessness for electric cars

Jan 5, 2018

Range anxiety used to be the main obstacle to electric car ownership but there’s now less concern about how far the car will travel than there is about how far patience and money will stretch. While batteries are getting better — packing ever greater distances into a single charge — electric car owners in Ireland…

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How to cut CO2 emissions and income tax at the same time

Jan 5, 2018

It is often argued by policy makers that purchasing carbon credits, while unfortunate, is more cost-effective than reducing emissions at home. I would respectfully disagree. There is an approach to reducing emissions that would boost growth, spur innovation and reduce import dependency, all at no exchequer cost. Best of all, it involves cutting labour taxes….

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Department of Social Protection apologise after thousands of fuel allowance payments delayed

Jan 5, 2018

The Department of Social Protection has apologised to thousands of customers after the fuel allowance lump sum payment was delayed. In a brief statement on their website, the Department said that there was a problem with the payment which was due to be paid this week. In total, 3,000 payments were delayed which the Department…

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Taoiseach wants to up spending on climate change to avoid hefty EU fines

Jan 4, 2018

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said he would rather increase funding to tackle climate change than have to pay hefty EU fines in the future. […]

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Supervalu & SEAI dig deep for energy efficiency

Jan 2, 2018

Supervalu has donated over €338,000 in support of greater energy efficiency at community shelters.  The donation was made through SEAI Better Energy Communities Scheme, which offers support and accommodation for those experiencing homelessness and those most at risk in society. […]    

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Making Our Homes Future Perfect

Jan 2, 2018

As we stare down another New Year, I know many readers with properties untouched by the 2011 amendments to Part L of the Irish Building Regulations (the tweaks to what is now near Passivhaus energy efficiency standard in new builds), are feeling downright left out in the cold. […]

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