Gardaí investigate fatal quad accident

Members of An Garda Síochána are investigating a single vehicle, fatal road traffic collision involving a quad bike in Co. Donegal. The incident occurred yesterday evening, Sunday, June 16, according to a statement from An Garda Síochána. The driver of the quad, a man in his 40s, sustained serious head injuries when he came off […]

Kildare farmer appeals €3.53 billion development to An Bord Pleanála

By Gordon Deegan A farmer has appealed Kildare County Council’s planning permission for Intel’s planned new €3.53 billion facility at its Leixlip plant to An Bord Pleanála. The appeals board confirmed today, Monday, June 17, that Kildare farmer Thomas Reid has lodged the only third party appeal concerning the new application by the US micro-chip […]

Mixed reactions to Climate Action Plan from farm groups

Following the revelation today of the Government’s Climate Action Plan, a number of farm organisations have made their views clear on what the plan means for the sector. The leaders of these groups all agree that incentives will be needed to allow farmers meet the challenge of reducing agriculture-related emissions. If that happened, then farmers […]

Diesel and electricity tax hikes ‘could spark yellow vest-style protests’

The Government could face protests similar to the populist, grassroots yellow vests movement that rocked the French presidency of Emmanuel Macron in 2018, if carbon taxes hit rural Ireland, the former minister for communications, climate action and environment has warned. Following the publication of the Government’s “far-reaching” Climate Action Plan – which sets out over […]

Climate Action Plan set to drive expansion of forestry planting

A target to drive the expansion of forestry planting on lands across Ireland has been included as part of the Government’s Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan – published today by the Government – is being described as “a far-reaching plan that sets out over 180 actions, together with hundreds of sub-actions, that need to be […]

Done deal: British beef gains access to Chinese market

An agreement has been reached between China and the UK to allow British beef access to the Chinese market, it has emerged. Potentially worth up to an estimated £230 million for British producers in the first five years, the deal comes more than 20 years after the Chinese Government imposed a ban on UK imports of […]

Beef trade: Seasonal higher prices nowhere to be seen

Farmers have been left counting the costs yet again. Over the years, farmers slaughtering cattle in June were able to achieve better beef prices. However, it has not been the case this year, with cattle throughput running ahead of the norm for this time of year. Prices for steers are at 380c/kg, while base quotes […]

TB Stakeholder Forum to reconvene next week

The 2030 TB Stakeholder Forum is set to reconvene next week, on Tuesday, June 25, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed to AgriLand. The forum is made up of: representatives from the department; farm organisations; the veterinary profession; the agri-food industry; and the farming and research communities, with the aim of […]

‘Far-reaching’ Climate Action Plan confirms carbon budgets

The establishment of five-year carbon budgets has been confirmed to be included as part of the Governments Climate Action Plan. The plan – published today, Monday, June 17, by the Government – led by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton, aims “to give Irish people a cleaner, safer and more sustainable […]

How will the Climate Action Plan affect farmers and rural Ireland?

The Government has today, Monday, July 17, published the Climate Action Plan, led by Minister Richard Bruton, to “give Irish people a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future”. In a statement, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment said that the plan would entail 180 “actions”, and “hundreds” of sub-actions. The department has […]

Microgeneration scheme to be established under Climate Action Plan

A new Microgeneration Scheme is to be established under the Government’s Climate Action Plan, according to Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton. The minister unveiled the Irish carbon action strategy this afternoon, Monday, June 17, in Dublin following a meeting of the cabinet this morning to discuss the plan. The proposed […]

Carbon tax set to quadruple under Climate Action Plan

The carbon tax is expected to quadruple under the Government’s Climate Action Plan, to be announced by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton this afternoon, Monday, June 17. Such an action is anticipated to cost taxpayers €2.3 billion over the course of the next decade, sources have indicated to AgriLand. The […]