18th December

Latest flooding is a consequence of learning very little from 2009

Pat O'Brien, environmental scientist

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The recent apocalyptic flooding episodes that inundated large parts of the country during December 2015 and early 2016 were for those affected, a case of déjà vu - mindful of the 2009 floods.

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Waterways Ireland launches five-year heritage plan

Waterways Ireland has launnched a five-year heritage plan that encompasses the cultural, built and natural heritage of the inland waterway corridors.

The plan aims 'to identify and protect the unique waterways heritage and promote its sustainable use for the enjoyment of this and future generations', connecting people and communities with their local waterway and to foster a sense of place.

Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan

Heritage is described as the natural environment as well as industrial (navigations as places of commerce and industry); archaeology, placenames, local and oral history. 

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IFI publishes timetable for pike and trout policies review

Inland Fisheries Ireland has published a timetable to review national pike and trout policies and is appointing a Policy Review Group comprising five IFI staff from the Research, Operations and Business Development divisions.

Announcing the development, chief executive Dr Ciaran Byrne said the review process itself would begin with “a scoping consultation” open to all interested parties, and the first policy documents are expected by July 2017.

IFI Pike

                                                                                                                             Photo: Brendan Connolly

Dr Byrne confirmed that IFI was committed to consulting with stakeholders and the public on matters of inland fisheries policy and expected the scoping consultation “to gather useful information and provide an evidence-base for the update of the pike and trout policies. “An agreed view from angler stakeholder groups would be most welcome and I urge the representative groups to work for such an outcome. I encourage all domestic and tourist anglers, tourism providers and the general public to provide their views on the important issues regarding the management of our important pike and trout species.”

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Environment includes wildlife and water protection, Minister told

Campaigners in animal costumes and body paint handed in a 14,000 strong petition at Leinster House, calling for the Minister for Environment to be given resonsiblity for wildlife and water protection.

The petition was started in response to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny's proposed abolition of the Department of Environment and the disbandment of its functions across three departments.

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Denis Naughten has now  been given the  title, Minister for Environment despite not having responsiblity for key environment functions such as nature, wildlife protection and water quality.

Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth says it wouldhave been "absurd" for Ireland to be one of only two European countries without a Minister for Environment.

"But it's still absurd that he doesn't have responsibility for wildlife and water."

Read more: Environment includes wildlife and water protection, Minister told

Ireland faces action for failing to protect SACs

The European Commission has issued a 'Reasoned Opinion' to Ireland for failing to apply appropriate protection for areas designed under the Natura 2000 network.

In line with the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC), Member States have had six years to designate protected areas under their natural law, turning them from 'Sites of Community Interest' into Special Areas of Conservation. Required measures are then adopted to improve the status of habitats and species present on these sites.

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To date, Ireland has formally designated only a 'minor proportion' of its sites, and has not yet established the required conservation objectives and measures for all of the remaining sites, according to the Commission.

Read more: Ireland faces action for failing to protect SACs

Wild Atlantic salmon from sustainable Irish fisheries

Wild Atlantic salmon from sustainably-managed, traditional net fisheries on estuaries and rivers around Ireland, is now available at fish counters countrywide. 

The commercial quota of 11,131 from a total of 58,599 fish (angling and commercial) will be harvested where there are good numbers of returning salmon. 

 wild Irish salmon

Wild Atlantic salmon is a premium product, rich in Omega-3 oils and is truly organic, feeding on wild fish and krill, and travelling thousands of miles on its long ocean migration. 

Read more: Wild Atlantic salmon from sustainable Irish fisheries

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