It is eight years since ash dieback was detected in Ireland. Caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, the disease continues to spread throughout Ireland and Europe. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) no longer monitors its geographical spread and its review of ash dieback over two years ago acknowledged that eradication of the disease is no longer feasible.

Last week, Minister of State Andrew Doyle issued the following two schemes directed at owners who have ash dieback: