Key Irish environmental challenges confirmed
The Irish environmental protection agency's third state of the environment report, issued on Wednesday, confirmed climate emissions, waste management and water eutrophication as the country's main environmental problems. The same three issues were highlighted in the agency's last report two years ago (EED 04/07/02). Environment minister Martin Cullen mooted new actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Enforcement of legislation and better integration of the environment across all policy areas were identified as top priorities. See press releases from EPA and environment ministry, and report summary.