Irish Farmers Journal nightly news: MCPA contamination and weather warning
Have you missed out on any of the top stories today? Catch up with the top five stories from today, Wednesday 13 June.

In the news

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called for a national pesticides strategy as multiple water supplies continue to exceed maximum residue standards.
  • The northwest will be the worst hit by high winds as a storm hits the country this Wednesday night.
  • Ornua's purchase price index (PPI) jumped 5% in May after dropping for the previous six months.
  • Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, has re-appointed its current chair of the board.
  • The Teagasc authority has approved the appointment of John Spink as the new head of Teagasc's Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme (CELUP).
  • Photo of the day

    Courtesy of the Irish Farmers Journal photo desk, here is our photo of the day:

    Marion Sutton of Envirico treating Japanese knotweed in a meadow in Co. Cavan. / Philip Doyle

    Marion Sutton of Envirico treating Japanese knotweed in a meadow in Co. Cavan. / Philip Doyle

    Summer holidays a high risk time for children on farms – HSA
    The HSA and primary school principals have joined forces to promote farm safety before high-risk summer holiday period.

    Summer holidays are a high-risk time for children who are off school and spend a lot of time on their family farm or visiting friends’ and relatives’ farms.

    It is also a very busy time for farmers when much work needs to be done.

    The Health and Safety Authority (HAS) and the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) have issued a joint appeal to primary schools to promote a strong farm safety message to children before they break for the summer.

    Farm accidents have claimed the lives of 23 children in the last decade and account for 11% of all farm fatalities over the period.

    Farms remain the only workplace in Ireland where children still continue to die. Farm deaths involving children are always a horrific tragedy for families and heartbreaking for communities and schools alike.

    The HSA website has numerous online farm safety resources for teachers to use in the classroom which can be covered in an interactive, fun and stimulating way. IPPN is supporting the HSA in communicating this important message to its members.

    HSA education manager Joanne Harmon said: “Teachers can access a range of online farm safety resources for primary schools on our website at, under teacher supports and resources and some are available as gaeilge.

    “These can be run on the classroom whiteboard or printed off to photocopy.

    “The HSA’s elearning portal also hosts a short course entitled Keep Safe on the Farm which can be found at This is aimed at primary school children and comes with teachers’ guidelines and is linked to the SPHE curriculum.”

    Harmon added that farm safety is an explicit topic in the SPHE curriculum at primary level.

    “Schools can make a real difference by empowering children to raising their own awareness of farm hazards and encouraging them to bring the safety message home to parents and grandparents,” she said.

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    Two injured in under-age tractor driving incident
    Police in Northern Ireland said two juveniles were injured in an incident with a tractor driven by a third one.

    The PSNI's Cookstown unit said on its Facebook page that it joined two ambulances and paramedics at the scene in Coagh, Co Tyrone this Sunday.

    "Two juveniles fell from a tractor being driven by a third juvenile," police said. "Both sustained injuries significant enough that they required transfer by ambulance to hospital. The tractor should not have been on the road and should not have been carrying passengers."

    Officers have prepared a file for the Public Prosecution Service against the driver for "a range of offences," adding that the incident "could have been a lot worse".

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    Disqualified driver charged with driving tractor without insurance

    PSNI clampdown on quadbike helmets