Cranes in courting dance. Illustration: Michael Viney

Like a guilty, cultural echo, the word “crane” hangs on, at least in parts of the west, as an everyday word for the heron. How marvellous, at last, to(...)

A fire currently burning in Killarney National Park. Not a single prosecution for illegal burning has ever been brought by gardaí or any department in charge of the park. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Looking at the damage caused by a gorse fire in Killarney’s National Park, which destroyed thousands of acres of habitat, local solicitor and environm(...)

Climate change activist, Saoi O’Connor (16): ‘No amount of COPs will change this, because the people who hold the power in those negotiations do not want it to change.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Climate change experts and campaigners, including participants in the Dublin Climate Dialogues, were asked what their COP26 expectations are, and w(...)

Most fields “are practically devoid of life while even the ancient system of hedgerows is vanishing due to neglect and outright destruction”.

Nearly two years since the Dáil declared a climate and a biodiversity emergency, the collapse of Irish biodiversity “is happening – and it’s countrywi(...)

Joe Duffy was parsing advertisements on Tuesday and then again on Wednesday, though this time with more intent

Joe Duffy had better hope RTÉ’s licence fee isn’t abolished any time soon, as he’s clearly not currying favour with the network’s advertisers. For two(...)

An otter catches a trout from the river Dodder in Milltown, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Tansey

Rewilding many parts of the Irish landscape is not anti-farming, and must be factored into national policies a lot more if the country’s “climate and (...)

We focus on 16 transformative ideas with the potential to enhance Irish society – so that when we go back, we also move forward. Photograph: Getty

Experts from various fields offer 16 transformative ideas that have the potential to enhance society in a post-pandemic ireland The Covid-19 pan(...)

 Siskins feeding on seeds in alder cones. Picture: Michael Viney

The trunks of the alders are gloved in moss, and above them the leaf-buds are still tightly wrapped in purple, like rolled umbrellas. So while the ald(...)

The curlew, an endangered species in Ireland.

Ireland continues to experience accelerating biodiversity loss, with a third of wild bee species threatened with extinction while two-thirds of wild (...)

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan pictured at the North Bull Island, in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A strategic review of the role of National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) has been announced by the Government – in response to a key demand from(...)

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