46 Confirmed Cases Of Ash Dieback

There are now 46 confirmed cases of ash dieback in the country, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed.

26 cases have been found in forestry plantations in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Tipperary and Waterford.

14 other positive results have come from horticultural nurseries, alongside three samples from roadside landscaping, one garden centre, one private garden and one farm.

Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, has said he is aware the situation has presented difficulties for those who have had to remove and destroy ash plants.

However, he said he believes that "taking decisive action now on imported ash product is the correct approach to prevent the establishment of this disease in Ireland".


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