Category Archives for "Press Releases"

Feb 06

Press Release: IWT calls for better legal protection for marine life

Press Release: IWT calls for better legal protection for marine life 05 February 2018 The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is calling for full legal protection for selected marine fish and invertebrates in a newly released report, entitled ‘Protecting Our Ocean’s Wealth – a proposal for legal protection of threatened marine species’. The protection of wildlife […]

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Dec 09

Radical action needed to save our seas

Radical action needed to save our seas This week sees the annual carve up of commercial fish populations by the countries of the European Union. Ireland will be represented by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed. A report by the New Economics Foundation found that last year Minister Creed was among the […]

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Dec 02

IWT welcomes expansion of Ballycroy NP

Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes the expansion of Ballycroy National Park The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) warmly welcomes the announcement by the new Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, that Ballycroy National Park in Co. Mayo is to be significantly expanded. This creates an enormous opportunity to enhance habitats for wild plants and […]

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Nov 20

IWT calls for ban on industrial electrofishing

Irish Wildlife Trust calls on European Parliament Fisheries Committee to prohibit industrial electrofishing Tomorrow (Tuesday November 21st) the European Parliament fisheries committee is to decide whether to allow so-called ‘electric pulse’ fishing to be considered ‘conventional’, a move which would allow Member States to licence it like any other type of fishing. ‘Pulse fishing’ is another […]

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Nov 14

Irish Wildlife Trust calls on Minister Michael Creed to end destructive ‘pair-trawling’ in coastal waters

Irish Wildlife Trust calls on Minister Michael Creed to end destructive ‘pair-trawling’ in coastal waters The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is once again receiving reports from the south-west that destructive ‘pair trawling’ is underway in shallow bays and inlets. Pair-trawling is the practice whereby two boats drag a single net, effectively sieving all marine life […]

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Sep 12

97 illegal wild fires recorded across Ireland in 2017

PRESS RELEASE: IWT complains to the European Commission after 97 illegal wildfires recorded across Ireland in 2017 The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has formally complained to the European Commission (EC) that the Irish government is failing in its duty under the Birds and Habitats Directives to protect threatened wildlife in our uplands and hills. The […]

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Jul 31

Early signs of recovery in Irish Sea Cod welcomed

PRESS RELEASE: Early signs of recovery in Irish Sea cod welcomed by IWT but it’s still too early for celebration The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) welcomes news that cod in the Irish sea is beginning to recover after decades of overfishing. Only last year the status of cod in this area was officially ‘collapsed’ while […]

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Jun 27

Support of hare coursing ban

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust calls on public to contact TDs in support of hare coursing ban   The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is fully behind the private members’ Bill brought forward by Maureen O’Sullivan to ban hare coursing in Ireland and is urging people to make their voices heard. The Irish hare is a […]

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Jun 17

Cut out herbicide use

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust calls on local authorities and members of the public to cut out herbicide use This summer, the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is urging the local authorities and members of the public to avoid the use of harmful herbicides and weed-killers, particularly on our roadsides. The casual use of noxious chemicals […]

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Jun 09

New UNESCO status for Killarney National Park

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust opposes new UNESCO status for Killarney National Park Since 1982 Killarney National Park has been a UNESCO ‘biosphere’ reserve which, according to the world body “promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use”[i]. In December last year the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) complained to UNESCO after we […]

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May 31

Illegal dumping

Press Release: Illegal dumping and mechanical turf extraction again found in Glenveagh National Park The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has made a complaint to the EPA and Donegal County Council in relation to illegal dumping in Glenveagh National Park. Over the weekend a large quantity of builder’s rubble was found in a small woodland across the road […]

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Mar 31

Amendment to Heritage Bill

PRESS RELEASE: Amendment to Heritage Bill step in the right direction but does not answer the Burning Question The IWT reluctantly welcomes the outcome of the Seanad debate on the Heritage Bill. The outcome is not what we would have liked as we strongly felt that hedge-cutting for health and safety issues are clearly already […]

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Mar 23

Devastating weekend for wildfires

PRESS RELEASE: Devastating weekend for wildfires across Ireland With a grim predictability, the first dry spell of Spring has seen a surge of wildfires across Ireland. Since Friday the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has recorded 15 wildfires from counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Galway, Donegal, Louth and Mayo. Eight of these were in areas protected for nature conservation – all are illegal […]

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Mar 14

Ruling on hedgerow destruction

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes ruling on hedgerow destruction which costs Meath farmer €3,500 The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) welcomes the recent ruling from Judge Gráinne Malone at Navan District Court (13th January last) in which Mr. Richard Douglas, a cattle farmer from Rathmoylan, Co Meath, appeared on a summons relating to the destruction of 800 meters of […]

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Mar 02

Prohibition on burning vegetation

Press Release: Prohibition on burning vegetation comes into effect on Wednesday (March 1st) The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is reminding landowners that from Wednesday (March 1st) it is prohibited under the Wildlife Act to burn vegetation for the duration of the bird nesting season (ending August 31st). Last year the IWT recorded 27 wild fires from the end […]

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Jan 24

Badgers continue to die in large numbers

Press Release: Nothing new in Creed’s badger vaccination ‘announcement’. Badgers continue to die in large numbers. The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) welcomes the publication of research which shows that vaccinating badgers is effective in reducing levels of TB in badger [1]. However, yesterdays ‘announcement’ of the results by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine […]

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Dec 14

Minister Creed fails to act in the public interest

Press Release: Minister Creed fails to act in the public interest in failing to end overfishing The Irish Wildlife Trust, which was in Brussels this week, is disappointed with the outcome of the latest round of fish quota negotiations which will do little for coastal communities or the protection of the marine environment. Despite the […]

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Dec 14

Action Plan must address lack of political will

Press Release: National Biodiversity Action Plan must address lack of political will if we are to save our wildlife The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has called for greater prioritisation of wildlife protection in its submission to the draft National Biodiversity Action Plan. This is the third such plan and this is destined to fail, just […]

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Dec 08

Prioritise recovery of fish stocks

Press Release: Minister Creed urged to prioritise recovery of fish stocks to benefit fish and coastal communities In advance of the annual Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels next Monday and Tuesday the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is urging Minister Michael Creed to prioritise the recovery of fish populations – something that will benefit fishing communities as […]

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Dec 08

Minister urged to prioritise recovery of fish stocks

Press Release: Minister Creed urged to prioritise recovery of fish stocks to benefit fish and coastal communities In advance of the annual Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels next Monday and Tuesday the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is urging Minister Michael Creed to prioritise the recovery of fish populations – something that will benefit fishing communities as […]

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