News in brief
It might sound like an excuse to get more time off work for Christmas, but closing the office on December 24 could be good for the environment.
More than half of the UK foods tested in an independent study had no detectable residues of pesticides, and a further 45% were within legal limits.
Irish Ministers have resisted EU pressure to introduce potentially damaging new fishing nets into Irish waters, and have secured new protection for deep water coral reefs.
Government, the Environment Agency, local authorities and even the public must be better prepared for floods, an independent review into the summer's deluge has concluded.
Funding has been made available to allow Cork County Council to accept a tender to upgrade the wastewater collection system in Kinsale.
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