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2015 was the deadliest year for environmentalist

20th of May, 2016 A hundred and eighty five activists, or one every two days, have been murdered all over the world in the past year. Today a report from the NGO Global Witness was published, announcing that 2015 had been the deadliest year for environmentalists. As the international community is realising the importance of protecting our environment, the fight increases particularly in …

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Great opening for the new Peatland reserve in County Kerry

  16th of June, 2016 Ireland newest Coad Bog reserve opened a few weeks ago to visitors in County Kerry. From the 20th to the 27th May, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council launched a new Peatland reserve with the help of lots of volunteers. It was an unique opportunity for the community and visitors to discover the resources present in 10 acres of Coad Bog. …

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Save the Liffey cycle route – Keep it on the Quays

Proposals to outline a segregated cycle path along the Liffey quays from the Phoenix Park to Dublin docks are to be significantly altered. Dublin City Council have been working on these plans since 2012, but is now planning for the cycle lanes to be located away from the quays and onto back streets for the first quarter of the route. The originally planned section provided a small part of the riverside that gave a safe and attractive cycle route for the north and south quays. Cycling campaigners have highlighted how redirecting this route into Smithfield will detract from the route and will leave many cyclists and other objectors dissatisfied.

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14,000 strong petition calling for the Department of Environment to be reinstated delivered to government – by colourful creatures

June 14th, 2016 Campaigners in animal costumes today demonstrated outside the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, in a call for the protection of water and wildlife to be included in the remit of the department. The campaigners were delivering a 14,000 strong petition to Minister Denis Naughten calling for the reinstatement of the word Environment to the title of the department …

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President Higgins is protecting one of Ireland’s rarest species of bat

June 14th 2016 Image: Donna Mullen, Bat Conservation Ireland,  presenting President Michael D Higgins with bat box. Irish President Michael D Higgins last week accepted a gift of a bat box which could help house one of Ireland’s rarest bats. The gift was given by Donna Mullen of Bat Conservation Ireland who hopes it will become the home of a …

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Ten activities/events for bike week

Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held between the 11th and 19th of June with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland. From free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime city rides, heritage cycles, electric bike races, school cycling events, bike festivals, road races and much more. There’s something for every age and ability. Join the fun at this year’s Bike Week. Where will your bike take you? Here is ten activities/events that coincide with bike week.