Teresa Wall of Rathingle Cottages, Swords is suing the Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) for €60,000 in damages following a fall on the Wicklow Way. Photograph: Courts Collins

A Co Dublin woman who has climbed in the Himalayas and been to base camp on Mount Everest is suing the Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS(...)

Micheal Burke on his land at Ballymaquive, Ardrahan, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Sections of a €550 million motorway being constructed in Co Galway may have to be raised in parts due to flooding, according to a leading hydrologist.(...)

Protected: lampreys live in the lower Shannon. Illustration: Michael Viney

Sixty or so years ago, after the Shannon had flooded again, the government borrowed Col Louis Ernest Rydell from the US army cCorps of Army Eengineers(...)

The Irish Film Board facilitated use of Skellig Michael - a Unesco world heritage site - for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2014 and 2015. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Birdwatch Ireland has said it will be pursuing changes to a “legal loophole” under which Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys approved use of Skellig (...)

Stag deer clash antlers during the annual rut in October. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The presence of an abundance of “out of control” deer is turning Co Kerry’s roads into dangerous territory for motorists, local politicians say. Kerr(...)

 The Skellig Michael site after the removal of Lucasfilm’s tents and equipment. Photograph: An Taisce

A report into the Star Wars filming on Skellig Michael in early September has found that Lucasfilm’s presence had “no adverse impact on seabirds, thei(...)

Galway Harbour Company has been given two months to propose measures to offset “negative effects” a major expansion of the harbour. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Galway Chamber of Commerce has welcomed An Bord Pleanála’s decision permitting Galway Harbour Company to identify a “compensatory” fragile habitat as (...)

For 600 years Skellig Michael  was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Celtic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock, became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996. File photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A senior University College Cork archaeology lecturer has criticised Government’s “sidelining” of State agencies responsible for the Unesco world heri(...)

Noise pollution  can transmit across thousands of square kilometres of ocean, causing physical injury, disorientation and death to whales and dolphins. Photograph: Simon Duggan/Provision

Whale and dolphin activity on Ireland’s continental shelf is being measured off the west coast this week by a 21-metre yacht known to be one of the (...)

In Killarney National Park, rhododendron threatens the oak woods and all that dwell within them. ‘From a biodiversity point of view it’s a disaster’. Photograph: Getty Images

Conservation ranger Peter O’Toole stands in a clearing at Killarney National Park and looks at the rhododendron seedlings poking above the ground. Ten(...)