A second case of ash dieback, Chalara fraxinea, has been discovered in a native ash hedgerow in Co. Tipperary.
The Tipperary location has not been disclosed but the hedgerow is within 50 metres of a farm landscaping shelterbelt of ash, planted eight years ago with imported plants that have also tested positive for the disease.
The Department of Agriculture are carrying out a survey of the hedgerow system in the vicinity of this finding before determining the extent of hedgerow to be removed to eradicate the disease at this site.
In the meantime the farm landscaping shelterbelt is being removed. The first native tree case was discovered in Leitrim earlier this month.
Ash Dieback was discovered in Ireland in October 2012, on plants imported from continental Europe, and an ongoing major survey of ash has been carried out by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. To date there have been a total of 101 confirmed findings of the disease located throughout the country. Minister of State Tom Hayes said: “Given this finding of a second outbreak in native ash trees within a hedgerow, it is obvious that there is a major challenge in eradicating this disease.”