Covid-19

Covid-19 rapid testing pilot in meat plants administering 20,000 tests weekly

Covid-19 rapid testing pilot in meat plants administering 20,000 tests weekly

Following the publication of the Expert Report on Covid-19 Rapid Testing, the immediate introduction of its recommendations across Irish society...

April 6, 2021

NI sheep farmers to benefit from £1.27 million Covid-19 support scheme

NI sheep farmers to benefit from £1.27 million Covid-19 support scheme

Northern Ireland (NI) Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has announced a financial support package worth up to £1.27 million for NI...

April 2, 2021

Proposed bill to make Covid-19 a notifiable workplace illness undergoes scrutiny

Proposed bill to make Covid-19 a notifiable workplace illness undergoes scrutiny

Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers’ rights Louise O’Reilly has said she is confident that scrutiny of her bill to make Covid-19...

March 31, 2021

Irish show organisers advised to cancel shows for 2021

Irish show organisers advised to cancel shows for 2021

The Irish Shows Association (ISA) has advised members to cancel 2021 shows. The association has said it will not be...

March 29, 2021

SDF will not attend 2021 international fairs

SDF will not attend 2021 international fairs

Machinery manufacturer Same Deutz Fahr (SDF) has announced that it will not be attending international fairs in 2021, including EIMA...

March 25, 2021

Regional independent TDs call for ‘action’ on reopening the economy

Regional independent TDs call for ‘action’ on reopening the economy

The Regional Group of independent TDs has called on the government to “take action” on reopening the economy. The group...

March 24, 2021

Marshall formally challenges for Seanad agricultural panel

Marshall formally challenges for Seanad agricultural panel

Nomination papers for Ian Marshall, former President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), have been lodged with the clerk of...

March 15, 2021

DVA rejects calls for priority driving tests for farmworkers

DVA rejects calls for priority driving tests for farmworkers

The Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) has rejected bids for farmworkers to be given priority booking when driving tests reopen...

March 14, 2021

£4 million Covid support fund opens for NI pig and poultry farmers

£4 million Covid support fund opens for NI pig and poultry farmers

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has announced the opening of a £4 million Covid-19 Support Scheme for eligible pig...

March 12, 2021

DAERA starts work monitoring NI sewage systems for Covid-19

DAERA starts work monitoring NI sewage systems for Covid-19

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture has started surveillance work monitoring two wastewater sites for levels of Covid-19. The idea is...

March 7, 2021

Plans for ‘closed doors’ showcase as 2021 Highland Show is shelved

Plans for ‘closed doors’ showcase as 2021 Highland Show is shelved

Despite best efforts to go ahead, directors of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) have been forced...

March 3, 2021

Current TB testing arrangements to continue to June 1

Current TB testing arrangements to continue to June 1

The current TB testing arrangements that were brought in in response to the Covid-19 pandemic will be continued until June...

March 3, 2021

Retailers and food body call for clarity over NI Covid plans

Retailers and food body call for clarity over NI Covid plans

Northern Ireland’s food and drink industry and independent retailers have called for more clarity over the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions....

March 2, 2021

NI’s Covid pathway: Warning adaptions will be needed for ‘some time’

NI’s Covid pathway: Warning adaptions will be needed for ‘some time’

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has warned the Covid-19 pathway out of restrictions published today “does not seek...

March 2, 2021

EU Commission developing contingency plan to ensure food supply in times of crisis

EU Commission developing contingency plan to ensure food supply in times of crisis

The European Commission has launched a consultation on a contingency plan to ensure food supply and food security across the...

March 1, 2021

Latest Covid plan ‘utterly fails rural Ireland’

Latest Covid plan ‘utterly fails rural Ireland’

The government’s latest Covid-19 plan, revealed yesterday evening (Tuesday, February 23) by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, has been sharply criticised as...

February 24, 2021

Level 5 restrictions – and online marts – to continue to April 5

Level 5 restrictions – and online marts – to continue to April 5

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed this evening (Tuesday, February 23) that ‘Level 5’ Covid-19 restrictions will continue until April 5,...

February 23, 2021

Criticism of delay in funds for online bidding equipment for marts

Criticism of delay in funds for online bidding equipment for marts

An independent TD is criticising the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue over the delay in providing...

February 18, 2021