Oonagh Duggan

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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 (...)

A male Yellowhammer  calling from a fence post in field. One in every five Irish bird species assessed is threatened with extinction. Photograph: Arterra/Universal Images Group/Getty Images.

Inappropriate hedge-cutting and burning of scrub and upland habitats is undermining native wildlife and hampering the ability of the Irish landscape t(...)

Irish butterfly populations have declined by  12 per cent over the past decade.

The latest evaluation of biodiversity loss in Ireland confirms potentially-catastrophic species loss and deterioration of globally-important habitats (...)

Aerial view of the Iriri River in the  Amazon Rainforest.   Brazil is home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species. Photograph:  Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty

The destruction of nature threatens humanity at least as much as human-induced climate change, a global report on species loss will warn on Monday. C(...)

An offshore wind farm off the coast of England, operated by Innogy Renewables.

After years of neglect, energy companies plan to sink almost €6 billion into the Irish Sea over the next half decade or so on offshore wind projects. (...)

The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government faces legal and logistical complications in managing a crash-out Brexit and is relying on emergency orders to bypass normal planning pr(...)

About one-third of the 99 species of bees in Ireland are now either regionally extinct or vulnerable.

Ireland’s experience of species coming under threat of extinction has been broadly in line with trends around the world, an Irish expert on biodiversi(...)

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