Excrement, and litter such as tea bags, on Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil, has become a major challenge according toPatricia Deane, rural recreation officer with South Kerry Development Partnership. File photograph Valerie O’Sullivan

  Fine weather is drawing high numbers of walkers to the Kerry mountains, but the volume of human waste being generated is leading to concern. (...)

A view of  Westport, Co. Mayo. Photograph: The Irish Times

Some towns are beating out-of-town shopping centres thanks to a system of ‘health checks’, a conference will be told today. The annual conference of (...)