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Friday 22 June, 2018

Can Ireland's vast monoculture conifer carpets be changed into biodiverse deciduous woodlands?
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# Opinion

Can Ireland's vast monoculture conifer carpets be changed into biodiverse deciduous woodlands?

Jun 22nd 2018, 7:00 AM 27,644 Views 33 Comments

It is better for biodiversity and more sustainable, writes Dermot McNally.

Tuesday 8 May, 2018

Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry
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Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry

May 8th 2018, 7:00 AM 29,217 Views 29 Comments

It will take 100 years to achieve the government’s target of 18% forestry cover, writes Dermot McNally.

Saturday 30 December, 2017

Opinion: Will Bliain na Gaeilge turn into Bliain na Begrudgers 2018?
# Irish Language
# Irish Language

Opinion: Will Bliain na Gaeilge turn into Bliain na Begrudgers 2018?

Dec 30th 2017, 7:00 AM 17,252 Views 76 Comments

Hold the grudges and pet hates to yourself: Irish is a necessary building block for the economy and culture we need in the future, writes Dermot McNally.

Saturday 30 September, 2017

Column: 'It's becoming impossible to be a climate change denier'
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# Column

Column: 'It's becoming impossible to be a climate change denier'

Sep 30th 2017, 8:30 AM 13,558 Views 148 Comments

This weekend’s session of the Citizens’ Assembly will explore how Ireland can improve its climate change policies, writes Dermot McNally.

Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Column: Let’s stop the blame game about learning Irish
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# Language

Column: Let’s stop the blame game about learning Irish

Apr 1st 2014, 7:00 AM 1,464 Views 156 Comments

Recognising Ireland’s place in an international context allows us to explore the real reasons for our widespread weakness in learning Irish, as well as foreign languages, writes Dermot McNally.

Friday 1 March, 2013

Column: Upcoming EU timber regulations are two steps behind environmental reality
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Column: Upcoming EU timber regulations are two steps behind environmental reality

Mar 1st 2013, 7:00 PM 34 Views 10 Comments

The chopping, fudging and importing of illegally harvested timber is likely to continue; and a holistic solution to sustainable forestry management is still a long way off, writes Dermot McNally.

Thursday 3 January, 2013

Column: Pinning hopes on a new political party is ultimately childish
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# Opinion

Column: Pinning hopes on a new political party is ultimately childish

Jan 3rd 2013, 7:00 AM 27 Views 116 Comments

Fresh thinking would be welcome on the political scene – but the reality is it wouldn’t change our situation, writes Dermot McNally.

Saturday 29 December, 2012

Column: Our ‘green’ ideals fizzle out in the face of everyday life
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Column: Our ‘green’ ideals fizzle out in the face of everyday life

Dec 29th 2012, 8:42 AM 35 Views 17 Comments

We may think we care about the environment – but our commitment stops as soon as we’re asked to pay, writes Dermot McNally.

Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Column: We believe economic growth can save us… but can it?
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# Opinion

Column: We believe economic growth can save us… but can it?

Nov 28th 2012, 7:00 AM 53 Views 35 Comments

Our blind faith in growing the economy may be ignoring some important facts, writes Dermot McNally.