Fishermen aboard a French trawler.  The Irish Wildlife Trust has expressed concern over EU fisheries policy. Photograph: Marcel Mochet/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish Wildlife Trust has expressed concern about what it describes as the “continuing decline of the marine environment in the Irish Sea”, followi(...)

 Dutch trawler Annelies Ilena in 2013: its recent presence in  Irish waters  caused concern. Photograph: Niall Duffy

Five Dutch and Lithuanian-owned “supertrawlers”, which have left Irish waters after fishing off the west coast, were not boarded by the Naval Service(...)

Ciaran Visser enjoying playing in the daffodils in the Botanic Gardens Dublin yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator

For traditionalists, February 1st, St Brigid’s Day, marks the beginning of spring but this year the usual indicators, such as returning migrato(...)