Teresa Wall (59) of Rathingle Cottages, Swords, Dublin, leaving the Four Courts after she was awarded €40,000 damages in her High Court action against Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service. Photograph: Courts Collins

A court award of €40,000 in damages to a hillwalker who was injured when she fell on a rotting boardwalk on the Wicklow Way has been criticised as “s(...)

A seal underwater in Dublin Bay near Dalkey Island. Photograph: Nigel Motyer

Divers have called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a permit issued to Dublin Port which allows it to dump “dredge spoil” off(...)

Star Wars: Skellig Michael, where scenes for The Force Awakens were shot. Photograph: Chris Hill/Getty

A guide who has worked on Skellig Michael, off the Co Kerry coast, for almost three decades says that her experiences over the past two years still c(...)

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 (...)