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national / environment / press release Wednesday July 29, 2015 09:37 by foie
The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an 'internal communication' and that the public ‘interest would not be served by the disclosure’.

In its appeal to the Information Commissioner, FIE claimed the release is ‘a matter of extreme public importance not only in the light of the circumstances of the Gerahies incident, but also because of the failure of the Department to carry out its regulatory functions properly in ensuring compliance with aquaculture licensing conditions aimed at preventing the escape of fish.’ read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / other press Sunday July 19, 2015 23:09 by No to Fracking   image 1 image
For the first time, a majority of MEPs (338 to 319) has voted in favour of an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe in view of its "risks and negative consequences for the climate, the environment, and public health." The MEPs voted in support of Amendment 1 to the Energy Security Strategy report.

However, as the final report as a whole was not adopted, the moratorium on "any new operations involving the exploration or extraction of unconventional fuels within the EU until this is proven to be safe for the environment, citizens, and workers" will not take effect. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday June 04, 2015 10:09 by An Taisce
In the face of figures from the EPA that show we are unlikely to meet our Climate Change Targets and Ban Ki-moon’s call for ‘Ireland to do more to curb Climate Change’ An Taisce is calling upon TDs to put forward amendments to strengthen the Climate Action Bill.

The Climate Action Bill currently going through the Oireachtas is weakly drafted, fails to ensure existing targets are met and further delays meaningful action. The Bill is now scheduled for Committee stage on Tuesday 9th June. An Taisce and other NGOs involved in ‘Stop Climate Chaos (SCC)’ are calling on all TDs to put forward a series of amendments to ensure the Bill contains legally enforceable targets. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday June 01, 2015 23:00 by fie
There has been a ‘Complete breakdown’ of the state’s authority, according to a damning Report from the environmental group FIE.

MINISTER’S DIRECTIONS FLOUTED BY SALMON FARMS

A study of the annual inspection records of Irish salmon farms by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries between 2012 and 2014 has shown a ‘complete breakdown’ of the salmon farm licensing system.

Author of the Report, FIE Director Tony Lowes, said ‘We found there were no provisions for ensuring inspections of the critical mooring components that have led to previous disasters in spite of repeated recommendations by the Minister’s officials in accident reports.

‘When license infringements were identified there was a persistent failure by operators to do anything about them read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / event notice Tuesday May 26, 2015 23:31 by CRAI   image 2 images
Combined Residents Against Incineration

To the people of Ringsend / Irishtown / Sandymount / Dublin Bay Area and Beyond

THIS IS your Chance to Show Your Opposition to This Monstrous Incinerator

Family Friendly Protest / Street Meeting

Meet @ CLANNA GAEL - Sean Moore Rd

Thurs 4th June 2015 @ 5 pm read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Tuesday May 26, 2015 23:12 by Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages   image 1 image
Very serious situation unfolding Farmed salmon have been dumped on Spiddal beach near the pier some of which have tags from a Salmon Farming Company. This is reminder of the 2003 documentary by RTE highlight criminal activities on salmon farms where diseased farmed salmon were buried in bogs . I guess nothing has changed in this filthy industry read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Sunday May 10, 2015 21:31 by T
Latest issue of the Shale Gas Bulletin Ireland is now available online. The contents for this month are:

1. Irish EPA study on fracking impacts led by company involved in fracking
2. Oklahoma recognises link between earthquakes and fracking wastewater injection wells
3. Scientists warn 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground read full story / add a comment
galway / environment / event notice Sunday May 10, 2015 16:08 by Cleo de Vito
This is the only conference in Ireland, this year, to celebrate the International Year of Soils. Soil is our most treasured, valuable & precious resource - essential to all our lives. We grow our food in it & on it, build our homes from it & on it, drive our vehicles on it & with it, & yet, it is disappearing at an alarming rate, worldwide. Shine a light on just what we know, by hearing what just some of the Soil scientists are finding out, & what some of the specialists are learning from their own work. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / event notice Friday May 01, 2015 23:52 by beachcomber   image 2 images
Celebrate Ireland’s spectacular coastline by getting involved in Clean Coasts Week 2015. The week runs from May 8th – 17th May and there are many ways for you to get involved.

We have all seen the evidence of marine litter along our coastline so for all you beach lovers out there here’s an opportunity to do something positive to combat the problem and also raise awareness about the issue. Why not create your own beach clean event or participate in one. Every piece of litter removed from the coast is a piece of litter that won’t pollute our oceans or harm wildlife. read full story / add a comment
wicklow / environment / event notice Thursday April 30, 2015 23:39 by mm
Our next work day in Wicklow will be SATURDAY 02nd MAY 2015 in Glendalough which should be our last day on this project. If you are a regular volunteer we are looking forward to seeing you out again. If you have recently joined our mailing list why not come along and give it a try? We will be repairing the track at the Miners Village in Glendalough. If you can’t make the next work day, the dates for 2015 work days for Wicklow are listed below. read full story / add a comment
The controversial letter sent by Mallow Coursing Club to the NPWS
international / environment / press release Thursday April 30, 2015 18:57 by Animal Protection Ireland   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 30, 2015 19:17)   image 4 images
Irish animal protection groups are shocked to learn from FOI reports that the National Parks & Wildlife Service, following "discussions" with Arts & Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys, decided not to sanction two coursing clubs for clear breaches of license conditions that supposedly apply to the holding of all coursing events, and that she gave them the green light to continue coursing hares during the 2014/15 season, despite what the NPWS officials referred to as the “seriousness of the incidents at these meetings”. read full story / add a comment
Hares on the North Bull Island
international / environment / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 08, 2015 19:43 by Protect the Irish Hare   image 2 images
The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (CACS) has issued this statement, dated April 8th, 2015:

We are alarmed at the news that hares are now EXTINCT on Dublin Bay’s North Bull Island, one of Ireland’s most important nature reserves and coincidentally one that for generations had been almost synonymous with the iconic Irish Hare.
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national / environment / event notice Thursday March 12, 2015 23:19 by spud
Potatoes are not only very versatile as a food in dishes, they are good for the soil and will grow in just about any soil. They dislike soggy soil though, because they do all their growing underground. Our annual potato day will again showcase how easy it is to grow potatoes as a pioneer or start-up crop for new gardeners, breaking up heavy soils and also various new ways to grow them more easily with no dig under plastic, under thick mulch and in loose, loamy soil in ridges and beds.

Our main guest speaker Trevor Sargent and Admission is Free read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Saturday March 07, 2015 21:40 by ep   text 10 comments (last - monday june 15, 2015 22:40)   image 1 image
The Environmental Pillar is calling on the government to strengthen the Climate Bill in light of sharp criticism for lack of action.

The Environmental Pillar, which is made up of 28 Irish environmental NGOs, is calling on TDs and Senators to amend the Climate Bill.

Today a European Commission working document was published which described Ireland’s climate change commitments as ‘insufficient’.

The EC Country Report Ireland 2015 working document states:

“No progress was made in identifying how Ireland commits itself to meeting its existing, binding climate and energy targets for the period up to 2020 in an integrated way and how best to use the earmarked, available EU support for the structural development needed in the different areas.” read full story / add a comment
kildare / environment / event notice Monday February 23, 2015 16:45 by Tadhg Ó Cruadhlaoich
Cur Crainn i gCill Dara
Meitheal chun crainn darach, cnó capall agus fuinseog a chuir

Teacht le chéile ag Club Gailf Dunmurry Springs,
Bhaile Chill Dara

Satharn 28 Feabhra, 2015

3.30 – 5 p.m. Ag cur na gCrann

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fermanagh / environment / event notice Wednesday February 18, 2015 13:41 by Anti-fracking   text 1 comment (last - wednesday march 18, 2015 10:49)   image 1 image
The Impact of Fracking Conference

Hosted by Martina Anderson (SF), MEP
Key Note Speaker: Andy Gheorghiu

Venue: Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday February 04, 2015 15:33 by james   text 4 comments (last - thursday november 02, 2017 19:37)
Clare Daly with campaigners outside the Boylesports office in Westmoreland Street, Dublin on January 30th
international / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday January 31, 2015 14:32 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   text 3 comments (last - saturday january 31, 2015 22:53)   image 4 images
On the day that an alliance of animal welfare and conservation groups protested outside the office of main sponsor of the National Hare Coursing event, independent socialist TD for Dublin North, Clare Daly, confirmed that she was drafting a Bill to abolish the cruel so-called “sport” of hare coursing.

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dublin / environment / event notice Wednesday January 28, 2015 23:03 by An Taisce
Illustrated talk by Paul Kiernan, Welfare Officer of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Venue: The Goat, Kilmacud Road, Goatstown, Dublin 14
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wicklow / environment / event notice Wednesday January 28, 2015 21:16 by mm   image 1 image
First volunteer work day of Mountain Meitheal will be on Sunday 22nd of February to restore a section of trail at the 'miners village, nearby to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Meet up at Glendalough Visitor Centre at 10:30 am sharp.

All volunteers must be eighteen years of age or older, no special skills are required and nobody is expected to work beyond their capabilities. Volunteers should come prepared for a day in the hills with appropriate footwear and a pack lunch including a hot drink. read full story / add a comment
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