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Joe Barry: Destruction of our native ash would be catastrophe

WE'RE facing a catastrophe and people don't realise it. The recent arrival in Ireland of Chalara fraxinea, or ash dieback disease, is far more serious than many people know.

Reports have concentrated on the concerns of our hurley makers and threat to the supply of raw material for our national sport. However, should the outbreak become widespread, the loss of our stock of native ash would also affect the landscape, reduce biodiversity and kill off a valuable source of shelter and food for wildlife.

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