The magnificent White-tailed Eagle is the subject of a conservation project to reintroduce the species to Ireland
Another White-tailed Eagle has been found dead, at a nest site in Connemara, reports the Golden Eagle Trust, an Irish conservation organisation.
This is the 13th confirmed poisoning of a White-tailed Eagle in Ireland since the reintroduction project began in 2007.
White-tailed Eagles reach maturity and begin breeding at about five years of age so this female was only in her second year.
The six-year-old female was discovered by Conservation Ranger Dermot Breen and was recovered a day later by a team from the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS).
Subsequent post-mortem at the Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Athlone and toxicology analysis at the State Laboratoratory established that the bird had been poisoned.
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, condemned the apparent illegal poisoning, saying: “The loss of this breeding female comes as a major blow to the reintroduction project for White-tailed Eagles.