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Going green?: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Going green?: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Going green?: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

'Make room for nature' was one of the Green Party's mantras during the general election campaign.

But "make room for it where" seems to have been the question during government formation talks. Eventually, after the best part of a week of blank faces, a home was found for it - in the department that deals with homelessness.

The decision to move nature protection to housing was met with alarm among environmental groups.