Ministerial misstep puts mechanical kelp harvesting plans in jeopardy

July 29th, 2019 The State’s failure to adequately publish notice of plans to grant a licence for large-scale mechanical kelp harvesting off Bantry Bay means that the licence has not yet been effectively issued, the High Court has determined. In March 2009, the Tralee-based BioAtlantis Aquamarine Ltd applied for the licence for 10-year mechanical harvesting […]

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Sharks falling victim as commercial fishing bycatch

July 29th, 2019 Commercial fishing fleets are increasingly entrapping large sharks as bycatch leading to a significant decline in their populations, a new study has found. The study conducted by an international team of scientist from 26 countries indicates that large sharks, even those inhabiting the remotest parts of the ocean, are falling victim to […]

Funds not available to repair crumbling Fermoy weir, Committee hears

July 3rd, 2019 Cork County Council has said that it does not have sufficient funding to repair a crumbling weir on Blackwater River in Fermoy, Co Cork. Speaking during a Joint Committee on Public Petitions hearing on the issue today, the Council’s Niall Healy called on the Government to provide at least half of the funding required […]

100,000-strong petition against Doonbeg Wall to be delivered to Trump

June 4th, 2019 A petition containing over 100,000 signatures opposing the construction of a coastal defence wall at President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg will be delivered to the commander-in-chief tomorrow evening. The petition, organised by the Californian conservation group Save the Waves in partnership with Irish NGOs, will be delivered to Doonbeg by […]

OPW ‘jeopardising’ marine life in Limerick river

May 14th, 2019 A wildlife conservation group has accused the Office of Public Works (OPW) of destroying the banks of the Newport River in Co Limerick and jeopardising the livelihood of its marine species. The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) claims that the OPW had violated both Irish and European legislation in clearing a three-kilometer stretch […]

Do Not Consume: Wicklow town left without drinking water for months

April 16th, 2019 Jana Adamkova moved from the bustling capital city to Kiltegan in rural Co Wicklow with her partner two years ago to escape the busy city life in Dublin and settle into a new life with their young child. However, Adamkova’s more simply country life didn’t last for long as issues with the […]

Irish NGOs join global push for greater marine protection

March 22nd, 2019 Two of Ireland’s flagship nature conservation groups have joined forces with an international network of concerned NGOs to push for bigger and better marine protected areas (MPAs). The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) and Coastwatch Ireland, alongside prominent European marine advocacy organisation, Seas at Risk, have launched a project that is set to […]

New complaint to EU over Haulbowline Island clean up

February 15th, 2019 An environmental group has filed a new complaint to the European Commission over the State’s commitment to complete an all-island clean-up of contamination from an old steel plant on Haulbowline Island. The complaint filed by Friends of the Irish Environment alleges that the State has breached its legal commitment to carry out […]

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Growing evidence of microplastics in food chain, committee hears

February 12th, 2019 Evidence of microplastics along the food chain is growing and is becoming a real cause for concern, an Oireachtas committee heard today. Speaking at a hearing on proposed microbeads legislation, Dr Kevin Lynch of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) said microplastics are becoming a “significant problem” in Ireland. The Bill in question, […]

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EU action against Ireland over range of environmental issues

January 25th, 2019 The European Commission is taking action against Ireland for failure to comply with a range of environmental, biodiversity and marine obligations under EU law. In its January package of infringement decisions, the Commission announced that it is pursuing Ireland for failing to fully transpose an EU Directive to reduce the risk of […]