Budget 2019: no increase in carbon tax on diesel
Farmers will escape an increase in the carbon tax applicable to fossil fuels, including agri diesel, for another year.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said in this Tuesday's Budget announcement that he wanted to put Ireland on "a trajectory to increase the carbon tax until 2030". However, he stopped short of announcing an increase in the tax next year.

  • Amount: €200m
  • The carbon tax on motor fuels, heating oil and solid fuels such as coal and briquettes will stay at €20/t of CO2 emissions. The Climate Change Advisory Council had recommended a minimum of €30/t, which would have added €200m to the tax take at current consumption levels.
  • The freeze in the carbon tax for another year means fuels, including diesel, won't see a corresponding price increase. It also means that renewable energy, including the potential development of farm-based biogas and solar power, will remain less competitive when compared with fossil fuels.
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    Weather forecast

    The west of the country will be affected by scattered showers overnight, according to Met Éireann.

    Wednesday is expected to be a blustery, day with changeable rain conditions – ranging from scattered showers to hail throughout the day.

    Atlantic coastal regions are expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather.

    In the news

  • Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000.
  • Veterinary inspectors in factories are taking industrial action, which is having an effect on factory throughput.
  • IFA president Joe Healy has warned that there will be a knock-on effect if the national suckler herd contracts.
  • The High Court has placed a seven-week stay on a judgement ordering the detention of an indebted farmer resisting eviction from his land.
  • A number of dairy processors have set their milk price for November.
    LacPatrick holds milk price and adds winter bonus for NI suppliers
    LacPatrick has followed the lead of the majority of co-ops by holding its November milk price.

    LacPatrick Dairies has held its November milk price for suppliers both north and south of the border.

    Suppliers in the south will continue to receive 29.41c/l excluding VAT.

    Northern suppliers will receive 26.5p/l including VAT.

    They will also receive a 2p/l winter milk bonus for November milk.

    Last month, LacPatrick applied a cut of 1p/l to its October milk price for NI suppliers and said it was not in a position to pay a winter milk bonus.

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    Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000
    Gardaí searched a premises in Monaghan as part of an investigation in counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí have recovered up to €500,000 in counterfeit car parts, consisting mainly of Toyota Landcruiser parts, at a property in Drumgoose, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

    Jeep bullbars, tail lights, mud flaps and body panels, all bearing Toyota trademarked logos, were discovered by gardaí.

    The search was part of an operation investigating the importation and sale of counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí added that no arrests were made as part of the search.

    Counterfeit Landcruiser parts.

    At the beginning of the month, gardaí recovered a large amount of stolen industrial plant, tools, trailers, vans, cars, engines and car parts with an initial estimate of up to €500,000 being recovered in Co Longford.

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