Irish Ash under threat from pan-European disease

Irish Ash trees are facing an unprecedented threat according to Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly. Irish Ash TreeThe Ireland-South MEP claims that the emerald bore beetle and the fungus causing ash die-back could kill millions of trees across Europe. While the emerald bore beetle has not arrived in Ireland, there have been 115 positive samples of Ash Dieback reported in Irish plantations across 19 counties. As of yet, Kerry remains clear of the disease, however, MEP Kelly warned that ash die-back spores can be transported by the breeze as far as 10 miles and can survive on woodland ground for up to five years.