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  • Irish Wildlife Trust says more needs to be done to protect wildlife in Ireland, following 13th poisoning of White-tailed Eagle since 2007 with no prosecutions » Inside Ireland
    mortem at the Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Athlone and toxicology analysis at the State Laboratory Celbridge Co Kildare revealed the bird had been poisoned The Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has condemned the illegal poisoning The Minister said the loss of this breeding female comes as a major blow to the reintroduction project for White tailed Eagles This is a very serious incident as the killing of this breeding female has effectively put an end to any breeding attempt of this beautiful species in West Galway for at least another five years It is particularly disappointing considering this bird was due to lay eggs shortly Heather Humphreys TD The European population of White tailed eagles has been evaluated as Rare as there are currently less than 10 000 pairs breeding in Europe The species suffered large declines due to persecution and use of pesticides but key populations in Europe are increasing In Ireland several re introduced birds have been found dead due to ingestion of poisoned baits Illegal According to the NPWS the use of poisons to control foxes and crows has been banned since 2010 but the illegal use of such substances remains a huge threat to wildlife including birds of prey which consume carrion The Irish Wildlife Trust said Ireland has a problem with wildlife crime poisoning burning shooting that is not being tackled Over the five years of the release phase of the project 100 young eagles were collected from nests in Norway and released in Killarney National Park Co Kerry Thirty one of the released eagles have since been recovered dead with illegal poisoning by far and away the greatest threat to the recovery of this once native eagle to Ireland Despite these losses the number of pairs in the wild rose to 14 in 2014 with most birds now mature enough to breed This is a very disheartening incident as the killing of this breeding female has effectively put an end to any breeding attempt of this incredible species in West Galway for at least another five years Dermot Breen NPWS Together with Mute Swan the White tailed eagle is the largest resident bird species in Ireland with a wingspan of over two metres with a body length of around 1 metre The recently discovered White tailed Eagle was released in Killarney National Park in 2009 as part of a reintroduction programme managed by the Golden Eagle Trust in partnership with the NPWS The bird settled in Connemara in 2012 where she paired up with a male While her eggs failed to hatch last year the post mortem showed the bird contained two developing eggs and so was within days of laying eggs This is the 13th confirmed poisoning of a White tailed Eagle in Ireland since the reintroduction project began in 2007 White tailed Eagles reach maturity and begin breeding at about 5 years of age Minister Heather Humphreys said it is believed that the poison is generally intended to

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2015/04/17/irish-wildlife-trust-says-more-needs-to-be-done-to-protect-wildlife-in-ireland-following-13th-confirmed-poisoning-of-white-tailed-eagle-in-ireland-since-reintroduction-in-2007-with-no-prosecutions-108101/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Both Met Office and Met Éireann issue Yellow Wind Warnings for Ireland on Monday/Tuesday 30th/31st March » Inside Ireland
    risk of localised damage from these winds and for minor disruption to travel MET ÉIREANN Wind Warning for Ireland Met Éireann forecast Southwest to west winds of mean speeds 50 60 km h will gust 90 105 km h in many areas during the second half of Monday 30th March Gale Warning STATUS YELLOW Southwest to west gales or strong gales on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea veering west to northwest on Monday OUTLOOK Met Éireann forecast that showers becoming widespread on Tuesday morning and turning heavy at times in many areas Hail will occur also and there will be a risk of thunderstorms especially further north West to northwest winds will stay strong throughout the day with frequent gale gusts up to evening time Less windy on Wednesday with some bright spells in the east but continuing wet in the west and northwest Staying cool with afternoon temperatures of only 7 to 11 degrees Rain will persist across the northern half of the country in the evening and overnight while it will be a mostly dry but cloudy night across the southeast Thursday will be cloudy and mostly dry in the east and south at first while there will be scattered outbreaks of rain in the west This rain will spread eastwards later Highest temperatures ranging from only 6 or 7 degrees in parts of the north to 14 degrees in the south Continuing wet for a time with scattered showers on Good Friday but becoming dry and bright by evening Afternoon temperatures of around 8 to 10 degrees followed by a dry and cold night Outlook Easter Weekend The agency forecast that the Easter weekend would be mostly dry with light winds but there will be cloudy periods and it will continue to be

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2015/03/30/yellow-warnings-issued-for-most-of-country-as-first-storm-of-autumn-hits-ireland-101838/ (2016-02-11)
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  • New environmental project piloted in south county Dublin to provide education about the wildlife value of roadside verges » Inside Ireland
    support and complement at a local level national environmental policies such as those on Waste Biodiversity Climate Change Air Water and Sustainable Development Local authorities are required to provide an equivalent amount of funding to successful projects as the funding provided by the Department Funding can also be supplemented by other sources e g the private sector in order to maximise the potential for partnership arrangements 2014 A total of 397 760 euro was provided by the Department in 2014 to 697 projects around the country This funding is matched by equivalent funding from the local authorities Hedgerows According to the IWT as a result of ever increasing pressures on habitats in the Irish countryside roadside hedges and verges offer a sanctuary for a vast array of our wildlife They added that verges are recognised as important connections linking different habitats that are fragmented by roads intensive farming and urban sprawl The organisation argues that the decline of pollinators globally including in Ireland is well documented and by allowing roadside verges to grow wild this could help to halt this decline of important pollinator species such as bees and butterflies Irish Wildlife Trust Chairman Dr Daniel Buckley stated that the issues around timing and the appropriateness of hedge and verge cutting has become quite polarised With this project we want to work with councils and local communities to come up with practical management regimes that enable the protection of biodiversity while protecting human lives on our roads Incorrect management of these verges through insensitive and badly timed mechanical cutting often in contravention of the Wildlife Acts that prohibit hedgerow and vegetation cutting and removal between March 1st and August 31st litter and the use of herbicides are the greatest threats to these habitats and one of the principal aims of this project is to educate community groups and local authorities about the importance of these verges for biodiversity Kerry TD Tom Fleming has raised the issue of hedgecutting with the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys asking if she would reduce the prohibited hedgecutting season by one month Deputy Fleming argued that research has shown that birds have left the nests by the end of July and as the continued growth in this month creates hazardous traffic conditions especially in the county road network At the beginning of February 2015 Minister Humphreys announced she is setting up a Working Group within her Department to consider the range of submissions received in response to the public consultation process on Section 40 of the Wildlife Act which deals with controls on hedgecutting and burning for the protection of biodiversity The main purposes of Section 40 are to protect bird life during the nesting season to prevent forest fires and to protect vegetation and wildlife habitats during the months of growth and reproduction The Minister announced a public consultation on the issue last November and around 180 submissions were received by the Department Minister Humphreys said she wants to ensure

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2015/02/24/new-environmental-project-piloted-in-south-county-dublin-to-provide-education-about-the-wildlife-value-of-roadside-verges-107810/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Fine Gael TD calls for a review of Ireland’s energy policy to be carried out same time as review on possible undergrounding of pylons » Inside Ireland
    will take account of a number of issues including competitiveness security of supply and the potential to support growth and job creation The Minister also confirmed that the Government has not concluded an agreement with the UK to facilitate the export of renewable energy from the Midlands to Britain within the European Union s 2020 time frame Both governments last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding on energy co operation with a view to developing the trading of renewable energy Minister Rabbitte said that greater trade in energy between Ireland and Britain is inevitable post 2020 Pat Rabbitte has also committed to a full public consultation process before a new Energy Policy Framework is developed At a time when local communities across the country are concerned about the impact of wind turbines and pylons I believe this is the appropriate time to fully review our overall energy policy decide how we are going to meet future demands and to adequately examine all of the alternative options Martin Heydon TD Deputy Heydon was speaking following his attendance at an anti pylon meeting in South Kildare earlier this week Fianna Fáil Energy Spokesperson Michael Moynihan has accused the government of continuing to ignore community concern about pylons across the country Labour Senator Denis Landy called on EirGrid to re examine their proposals to provide high voltage lines across the country The Fianna Fáil TD said When the expert group was announced we spoke out against the decision to ignore the North South Interconnector from the terms of reference and the failure to have a health expert on the group The Government has continued to simply ignore these core issues If he was taking his own process seriously surely Minister Pat Rabbitte would put in place a temporary moratorium on future pylon construction until the group reported The steadfast refusal to put a moratorium in place is unacceptable and this refusal is making communities more suspicious On Thursday 27 March the Rethink Pylons group and BW Energy published a report on the potential conversion of Moneypoint power plant to burn biomass rather than coal Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan said there are five simple reasons why converting Moneypoint to burning wood makes no sense Converting Moneypoint and the three peat fired power plants would require some ten million tonnes of wood each year That is twenty times the domestic wood supply we have available to us today Almost all the wood would have to be imported from America We already import 85 of our energy needs and this proposal would only increase our future insecurity and worsen our balance of payments Two thirds of the energy that would be generated would then be lost as waste heat going up the Moneypoint chimney If we are to develop biomass as an energy supply it makes far more sense to use it in domestic and industrial heating applications where most of the energy goes to good use Eamon Ryan The Green Party welcomes the widening

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2014/04/12/fine-gael-td-calls-for-a-review-of-irelands-energy-policy-to-be-carried-out-same-time-as-review-on-possible-undergrounding-of-pylons-105909/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Boil water notice lifted in Limerick » Inside Ireland
    in Limerick Boil water notice lifted in Limerick February 19 2014 Share Tweet By Ciarán Hanna Limerick County Council has lifted the boil water notice in place in the County following the recent storms Boil water notices have been issued by a number of councils Boil water notice issued in County Limerick Limerick County Council confirmed on Wednesday 19th February that the last remaining precautionary boil water notice in place in County Limerick has been lifted The local authority acting on the advice of the Health Service Executive and as agents of Irish Water introduced a precautionary boil water notice across County Limerick on Thursday after extensive power outages caused by last week s storm affected water pumping stations and treatment plants Approximately 90 000 customers in County Limerick were affected by the boil water notice Since Saturday however only 475 people served by the Fedamore public water scheme have been required to boil water prior to consumption This precautionary notice has now been lifted Comments Comments are closed Latest Environment Met Office issues Yellow warning of snow and ice for the North The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning of snow and ice for the North from Thursday night into Friday morning 7 8th January HSA 18 people died in the agricultural industry in the Republic with 4 of them children HSA figures show 18 people died in the agricultural industry in the Republic of Ireland in 2015 with 4 of them children An Taisce hails decision by High Court to support its application to stop extended operation of Edenderry peat powered power plant as a real David versus Goliath struggle Changes to the NI Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Environmental Agencies encourage anyone outdoors to use TreeCheck a smartphone App to help safeguard tree health on island of

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2014/02/19/council-warn-of-potential-flooding-in-galway-city-due-to-high-tides-81707/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Environment » Inside Ireland
    hope that we may be able to agree a climate deal in Paris in two years time Public consultation launched to invite views on reducing carbon emissions from electricity sector by 2050 Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte has launched a public consultation to invite views on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 2050 Orchard County celebrates Apple day on 20th October The Northern Ireland Environment Agency is celebrating the humble apple in the heart of the Orchard County in Armagh on Sunday 20th October Thirteen sets of 17th Century Human remains found after Derry Archaeological dig An archaeological dig in Derry City has unearthed what experts believe to be thirteen sets of human remains dating to the 17th Century Minister Varadkar welcomes news that Dublin Port will hand over ownership of part of Bull Island to Dublin Citizens Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed the news that the Dublin Port Company has announced its intention to hand over ownership of part of Bull Island to the citizens of Dublin Fianna Fáil calls on government to confirm that Fuel Allowance package will be protected in forthcoming budget Fianna Fáil have called on the government to confirm that the Fuel Allowance and Household Benefits Package will be protected and not face further cuts in the forthcoming budget Water company appeal not to pour fat oil or grease down the sink Northern Ireland Water has appealed to people not to pour fat oil or grease down the sink Fianna Fáil welcomes announcement that Government will reverse decision to sell Coillte s harvesting rights Fianna Fáil has welcomed the announcement by the Government that it has reversed its decision to sell Coillte s harvesting rights Sinn Féin welcomes introduction of plastic bag tax in the North Sinn Féin have welcomed the introduction of the new tax on plastic carrier bags in the North Fianna Fáil accuses Government of making up water reform policy as it goes along Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of making up water reform policy as it goes along following the announcement by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore that water charges will not now be introduced in January Customers urged to conserve water as further restrictions are imposed by Dublin City Council Customers all over the Dublin region have been urged to help conserve water by Dublin City Council due to continuing low levels of treated drinking water in the Stillorgan reservoir Weather Warnings for Gales on Tuesday Met Éireann has issued weather warnings for winds and gales for Tuesday Invites open for community groups to compete in energy saving programme A campaign is underway to find community groups to undertake an energy saving programme with the winning organisation getting 10 000 12 000 to invest in energy saving measures for their local community Customers in North will have to pay 5p for each disposable bag from April Customers in the North will have to pay at least five pence for each disposable bag they take for

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/category/environment/page/2/ (2016-02-11)
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  • MLA welcomes launch of a comprehensive online news service in Irish by RTÉ » Inside Ireland
    It will provide an opportunity to see and hear our beautiful language used in an everyday context something which many people unfortunately don t have access to I hope that this initiative from RTE will continue to boost the resurgence in the Irish language and see it spread to new towns and cities across the island Dominic Bradley MLA RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in Casla Connemara will be the main production centre for national and international Irish language news on radio and the station will provide all 32 Irish language bulletins across RTÉ Radio 1 RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ 2fm in addition to their own news service currently provided throughout the day Director General of RTÉ Noel Curran said the service will see Ireland s first multimedia Irish Language operation across two sites This demonstrates RTÉ s commitment to the Irish language as does the recent introduction of the additional Nuacht TV bulletin on RTÉ News Now which resulted in an extra 26 hours of Irish language news coverage annually Comments Comments are closed Latest Gaeilge New Irish translation of comic book Asterix gently sends up English customs A new Irish translation of comic book Asterix Asterix i dTír na Sasanach gently sends up English customs and makes references to Margaret Thatcher and not very flattering portrayals of English cuisine the class system and warm beer The series of comics featuring Astérix le Gaulois was written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo until 1977 when Uderzo did both for another 32 years The first appeared in 1959 and so far around 36 volumes have been released The vloume entitled Asterix in Britain appeared in its original French incarnation in 1966 followed by an English translation in 1970 which carried an apology from authors Goscinny and Uderzo for poking fun at the British Their French perspective of the British was an a very clichéd English one with the inhabitants talking in a very refined way drinking tea at five o clock and keeping a stiff upper lip When the Dalen Books the publishers of Asterix in Irish Welsh Gaelic and Scots began preparing the Celtic editions of Asterix in Britain they said they had plenty of scope to inject some extra humour into their translations with some friendly leg pulling teasing and a nod to national rivalry Antain Mac Lochlainn said Conradh na Gaeilge calls on Ulster University DEL to reverse the decision to end full time BA Irish degree programme on Belfast Campus Conradh na Gaeilge is calling on Ulster University and the Stormont Minister for Employment and Learning to reverse the decision to end the full time BA Irish language degree programme on the Belfast Campus Conradh na Gaeilge claims as many as 50 000 place names in Irish do not have an Eircode Tá suíomh nua againn anois Líofa has new website following last year s security issues Study shows Irish will no longer be most frequently spoken language in any Gaeltacht community by 2025

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2014/09/19/mla-welcomes-launch-of-a-comprehensive-online-news-service-in-irish-by-rte-107062/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Sinn Féin Irish language spokesperson welcomes provision of interim funding by Stormont Education Minister to Irish pre school service provider » Inside Ireland
    pre school services following the changes being brought in by Forás na Gaeilge as a result of an North South Ministerial Council decision made last year The Minister said he has agreed to provide some short term transitional funding to provide security of service in the immediate future The funding will be managed by Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta to maintain essential support services for Irish medium pre school provision I also intend to review how services to this sector are delivered to ensure that a more strategic way forward can be decided and implemented as soon as possible John O Dowd MLA Sinn Féin s Ms McCorley said the announcement by the Minister will allow time for everyone involved in the provision of early years Irish medium education to work out a way forward in order to maintain these essential support services Comments Comments are closed Latest Gaeilge New Irish translation of comic book Asterix gently sends up English customs A new Irish translation of comic book Asterix Asterix i dTír na Sasanach gently sends up English customs and makes references to Margaret Thatcher and not very flattering portrayals of English cuisine the class system and warm beer The series of comics featuring Astérix le Gaulois was written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo until 1977 when Uderzo did both for another 32 years The first appeared in 1959 and so far around 36 volumes have been released The vloume entitled Asterix in Britain appeared in its original French incarnation in 1966 followed by an English translation in 1970 which carried an apology from authors Goscinny and Uderzo for poking fun at the British Their French perspective of the British was an a very clichéd English one with the inhabitants talking in a very refined way drinking tea at five o clock and keeping a stiff upper lip When the Dalen Books the publishers of Asterix in Irish Welsh Gaelic and Scots began preparing the Celtic editions of Asterix in Britain they said they had plenty of scope to inject some extra humour into their translations with some friendly leg pulling teasing and a nod to national rivalry Antain Mac Lochlainn said Conradh na Gaeilge calls on Ulster University DEL to reverse the decision to end full time BA Irish degree programme on Belfast Campus Conradh na Gaeilge is calling on Ulster University and the Stormont Minister for Employment and Learning to reverse the decision to end the full time BA Irish language degree programme on the Belfast Campus Conradh na Gaeilge claims as many as 50 000 place names in Irish do not have an Eircode Tá suíomh nua againn anois Líofa has new website following last year s security issues Study shows Irish will no longer be most frequently spoken language in any Gaeltacht community by 2025 Related Articles No posts found Latest News New Irish translation of comic book Asterix gently sends up English customs A new Irish translation of comic book Asterix Asterix i dTír

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2014/06/30/sinn-fein-irish-language-spokesperson-welcomes-provision-of-interim-funding-by-stormont-education-minister-to-irish-pre-school-service-provider-106547/ (2016-02-11)
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