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The CAP deal is the ‘first step’ in providing a stable framework for farmers to plan their business over the next few years, Minister Charlie McConalogue said. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ahead of a critical vote in the European Parliament on Friday, Irish environmental groups have claimed the EU common agriculture policy (CAP) reform p(...)

Peter Thorne is a professor of physical geography (climate science) at Maynooth University.

Achieving a 7 per cent reduction in carbon emissions annually in Ireland will not happen immediately, so “people have to give the government time to t(...)

Hen harrier in flight. Targeted use of bait laced with poison to kill protected birds of prey remains widespread. Photograph: Richard Mills/BirdWatch Ireland

Irish wildlife groups have called for the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) to be put on an independent footing with increased powers on en(...)

The Green Party has flagged it is seeking for the next decade a yearly emissions cut of 7 per cent. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Any party entering government formation talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael should insist the State pursue actions to contain climate breakdown – and(...)

More detailed recovery plans are needed for key species including farmland birds (notably the curlew); wintering waterbirds and breeding seabirds ‘to reverse devastating declines’, according to BirdWatch Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Biodiversity in Ireland “is in A&E and needs the full backing of political parties and the public working together to halt and reverse declines in(...)

Speaking in Madrid, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said the EU was pursuing ‘really ambitious, meaningful action’. File photograph: Tom Honan

Europe’s green new deal (GND) amounts to a leap that brings the climate issue centre stage in EU policy, and for the first time raises the possibility(...)

Frances Mackey and Jacqui McElhinney, part of whose garden at their Royal Canal Way cottage is due to be taken from them  to build a new section of the MetroLink railway. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

“We understand that this letter may cause you concern,” states the correspondence from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to Fran Mackey and Jacqu(...)

Hedge-cutting is banned between February and September, except where overgrown hedges pose a risk to drivers and pedestrians.

Following in his father’s footsteps, 46-year-old Paraic O’Brien has cut hedges in south Tipperary around Cahir and Clonmel for a quarter of a century,(...)

Cut hedgerow near Shillelagh in Co Wicklow. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Plans to allow managed roadside hedge cutting during August have been scrapped in favour of protecting nature and biodiversity, the Department of Cult(...)

 An Oireachtas committee on the implementation of the Belfast Agreement has been warned of the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on Ireland’s wildlife and environment. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

A no-deal Brexit would pose “a major threat” to nature and the environment on the island of Ireland, an Oireachtas committee on the implementation of (...)

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