Bernie Commins

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Bernie Commins

Senior News Journalist

Bernie Commins has an honours degree in journalism from Dublin Institute of Technology. She previously worked in the world of agri media as editor of several industry publications and as a journalist she has covered a variety of topics from farm safety to rural-life matters. She also has a background in regional newspaper reporting. From south Tipperary originally, she spent her formative years on her uncle’s dairy farm.

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CAP: ‘Flexibility must be given when finalising decisions that affect our farmers’ says Minister

CAP: ‘Flexibility must be given when finalising decisions that affect our farmers’ says Minister

As the final countdown to a reformed Commmon Agricultural Policy (CAP) commences this week, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the...

Planning permission for agri-builds up slightly in Q1 compared to last year

Planning permission for agri-builds up slightly in Q1 compared to last year

Planning permission granted for all developments in the first quarter of 2021 versus the same period in 2020 increased by...

National herd cull will not be proposed by Agri Food Strategy Committee

National herd cull will not be proposed by Agri Food Strategy Committee

There will be no recommendation to reduce the size of the national herd in the Agri-Food Strategy 2030, which is...

New skin-cancer video series launched

New skin-cancer video series launched

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland, with over 13,000 cases diagnosed annually. This figure is...

Potato-blight conditions forecast this week

Potato-blight conditions forecast this week

A status yellow potato-blight weather advisory is in place for Wednesday June 23, according to Met Éireann. The national meteorological...

Nitrogen and water quality – all you need to know

Nitrogen and water quality – all you need to know

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a report based on analyses of catchments where nitrogen concentrations in water were...

Ireland has huge potential to improve animal welfare – UCD chair

Ireland has huge potential to improve animal welfare – UCD chair

The first-ever chair of animal welfare and veterinary ethics at University College Dublin’s (UCD) School of Veterinary Medicine was appointed...

€2m seafood promotion will help claw back business lost to Covid-19

€2m seafood promotion will help claw back business lost to Covid-19

A further allocation by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) of €2m in 2021 will help to...

Carbery increases May milk price

Carbery increases May milk price

Carbery Group has announced today (Thursday, June 17) that it has increased its milk price for May by 1c/L. A...

TAMS grants and KT top-ups proposed to bridge gender gap in Irish ag

TAMS grants and KT top-ups proposed to bridge gender gap in Irish ag

“Concrete measures are needed at Government level and under the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to ensure that Ireland tackles...

Planning to be submitted for €85m Center Parcs investment in Longford

Planning to be submitted for €85m Center Parcs investment in Longford

Center Parcs Longford Forest is to submit a planning application to Longford County Council for an €85 million investment in...

Beat the burglars on EU crime-prevention day

Beat the burglars on EU crime-prevention day

Today marks the third European-wide focus day on the prevention of domestic burglary. A joint initiative of the European Crime...

An Taisce questions environmental assessments of Agri-Food Strategy

An Taisce questions environmental assessments of Agri-Food Strategy

An Taisce has questioned the “robustness” of environmental assessments accompanying the Agri-Food Strategy, and their compliance with EU law. The...

EPA report finds 85% nitrogen leakage to rural catchments caused by agriculture

EPA report finds 85% nitrogen leakage to rural catchments caused by agriculture

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the need for reductions in nitrogen concentrations has found that...

UCD launches new accelerator programme for agtech and foodtech start-ups

UCD launches new accelerator programme for agtech and foodtech start-ups

A new accelerator programme dedicated to early-stage agtech and foodtech start-up companies has been launched by University College Dublin (UCD)....

Closing date approaching for VCI mental-health survey

Closing date approaching for VCI mental-health survey

The closing date for a mental-health survey of veterinary professionals – the first of its kind in the country –...

Agri and environment students selected for coveted Fulbright award

Agri and environment students selected for coveted Fulbright award

Two of the eight Fulbright scholarships recently awarded to students at University College Dublin (UCD), are in the areas of...

Mica march: communities unite in protest at redress scheme

Mica march: communities unite in protest at redress scheme

A protest march is underway in Dublin city this afternoon, to highlight the plight of rural and urban homeowners impacted...