Teresa Wall  claimed she tripped and fell after her foot had snagged in a hole in one of the old railway sleepers that made up a boardwalk. Photograph: Collins

The High Court has overturned a €40,000 damages award to a hillwalker over injuries suffered when she fell on a boardwalk on the Wicklow Way. In a si(...)

Éamon Ó Cuív said a choice will have to be made between the ‘insignificant risk’ to local freshwater pearl mussel  balanced with the possibility that somebody will die if the road is not upgraded. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland will have to make hard decisions in relation to infrastructure projects and “take our chances with Europe”, former government minister Éamon Ó(...)

A wildlife group has asked a United Nations body to suspend the designation of Killarney National Park (pictured) as a world biosphere reserve.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

A wildlife group has asked a United Nations body to suspend the designation of Killarney National Park as a biosphere reserve. Irish Wildlife Trust(...)

Teresa Wall was awarded €40,000 damages after falling while walking the Wicklow Way. Photograph: Courts Collins.

Hillwalkers should take personal responsibility for their own actions while participating in what can be a dangerous sport, the High Court has been to(...)

Teresa Wall  leaving the Four Courts  after she was awarded €40,000 damages following judgment in her High Court action for damages earlier this year. File photograph: Courts Collins

A hillwalker who fell on a boardwalk on the Wicklow Way has rejected suggestions she had given different versions of how the incident happened. Teres(...)

A peregrine falcon at Randalstown, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A record number of birds of prey were illegally shot or poisoned in the Republic last year, new figures show. In total, 35 “poison and persecution in(...)

Records released recently showed sales of deer culled from herds in the park have generated almost €10,000 for the State in the last three years. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Thirty deer were culled in Phoenix Park in Dublin last week to help manage the deer population, the Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed. The(...)

The freshwater pearl mussel, which has been singled out for special threat of extinction. Illustration: Michael Viney

On a striped green hillside dotted with sheep and studded with boulders from the ice age, there can seem few pressing issues of environmental change. (...)

The OPW would not disclose the fee paid to the Bray-based marksman contracted to kill the animals, as this was “commercially sensitive” data

Sales of deer culled from herds in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, have generated almost €10,000 for the State in the last three years, new records show. (...)

Much research has been done on how badgers may transmit bTB to cattle, on the impacts of culling, and the effectiveness of the vaccine alternative. The outcomes are not definitive. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Few stories in the Irish environmental and agricultural worlds are as thorny and long running as the debate about culling badgers to limit the spread (...)

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