Category Archives for "Press Releases"

Oct 25

Launch of new Biodiversity Awards

Press Release Date 25th October 2018 Irish Wildlife Trust & Dublin Port launch new Biodiversity Awards with Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D. Calling on community groups, farmers, schools and individuals to enter now 25th October 2018. The Irish Wildlife Trust and Dublin Port Company today launched the Together for Biodiversity […]

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Oct 23

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust calls for moratorium on pair-trawling to save the marine environment

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust calls for moratorium on pair-trawling to save the marine environment 23rd October 2018 The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has written to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed asking him to impose a moratorium on pair-trawling to protect the marine environment, particularly in the south-west. Pair-trawling is the […]

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Oct 17

Environmental Groups enraged as Minister Madigan uses conservation plan to push for damaging forestry in protected sites.

PRESS RELEASE Environmental Groups enraged as Minister Madigan uses conservation plan to push for damaging forestry in protected sites. 17th October 2018 Environmental Groups call on Minister Josepha Madigan and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to retract new proposals to allow forestry in European protected sites. The Minister’s proposals are part of […]

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Sep 27

Irish Wildlife Trust submission to Budget 2018

Irish Wildlife Trust submission to Budget 2018 Download the submission here as pdf PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust budget submission highlights chronic underfunding for conservation in the face of worsening extinction crisis   The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has written to Minister for Finance Paschal Donoghue calling for greater public spending on conservation in Budget […]

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Sep 03

Press Release: Better protection for sharks needed as Spanish boat detained on suspicion of illegally shark finning in Irish waters

Better protection for sharks needed as Spanish boat detained on suspicion of illegally shark finning in Irish waters   The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has written to Ministers Michael Creed (Agriculture, Food and the Marine) and Josepha Madigan (Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) appealing for them to strengthen protections for sharks and other threatened marine […]

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Aug 22

PRESS RELEASE: Latest Fine Gael marketing campaign cannot mask their appalling environmental record

PRESS RELEASE: Latest Fine Gael marketing campaign cannot mask their appalling environmental record Fine Gael yesterday (20/8/18) launched their latest marketing initiative entitled ‘Green Week’ stating “This week, Fine Gael is going green. We are raising awareness about how you can be greener, what supports are available to you and why we need your help to tackle […]

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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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