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(...)

LÉ Samuel Beckett patrols Skellig Michael during filming last year for the new Star Wars film (overlay). Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Samuel Beckett would find the absurd in it and Charles J Haughey would turn in his grave. That’s the view of several Kerry-based artists concerned (...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney should take a “leadership” role in State management of fragile habitats, Coastwatch has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Environmental organisation Coastwatch has called on Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney to take a “leadership” role in State management of fragile(...)

Skellig Michael.  Star Wars filming may return to the Skelligs this year, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site. Photograph: David Sleator

Star Wars may return to Skellig Michael this autumn, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site as a film set. The (...)

Scaffolding surrounds the 16th century O’Flaherty Castle on Ballynahinch Lake in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Management at the Connemara hotel owned by businessman Denis O’Brien says it has full authorisation for survey work currently being undertaken on a 16(...)