Political tensions flare over Coillte deal with Gresham House
Barry Murphy
The Coillte-Gresham House agreement has stoked political debate this week, with further pressure exerted on Ministers Charlie McConalogue and Pippa Hackett.
25 January 2023 News
Department underspend of €44m in 2022
Overall expenditure by the Department of Agriculture in 2022 was noted in government’s exchequer returns.
9 January 2023 News
Environmental policies to top Oireachtas ag committee’s 2023 agenda
EU rewetting plans, Coillte land sales and cow banding are all on the Oireachtas agriculture committee’s agenda for this year.
TB reactors rising again
The rise follows a drop in reactors from 2020 to 2021, when numbers fell for the first time in five years.
21 December 2022 News
Department to allow once-off TB testing push-back
It has been suggested by a senior Department official that there will be a three-month leeway in pushing out a TB test.
19 December 2022 News
‘Radical overhaul’ of Ireland’s approach to biodiversity needed
Members of the Citizen’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss voted overwhelmingly in favour of holding a referendum of the people to amend the constitution with a view to protecting biodiversity.
27 November 2022 Climate and environment
Biodiversity report puts spotlight on derogation
Some members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment suggested that there is an opportunity for Ireland to stop looking for nitrates derogation from Brussels.
23 November 2022 Climate and environment
Fertiliser database ‘gap’ in North could be easily closed – Cahill TD
Jackie Cahill TD stated that while the fertiliser database ‘loophole’ could be solved by seeking NI herd numbers, unregistered North-south movements will be more difficult to control.
21 November 2022 News
Rewetting will not stop farming - TDs
Some TDs and senators have sought to assure farmers that rewetting peats will not mean completely stopping animals from grazing.
18 November 2022 Climate and environment
North-south gap in vet med rules threatens exports - report
The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture has issued a report recommending 19 changes to the legislation which will introduce two farmer databases.
17 November 2022 News
Review nitrates derogation and end drainage of peatlands – report
The committee also agreed that “all farmers need to know what their greenhouse has emissions are and how these are affected when they change their farm output and farming practices”.
17 November 2022 Climate and environment
Controversial veterinary medicines bill stalled
Adam Woods has the latest on this week’s Oireachtas committee findings on proposed changes to animal medicines.
16 November 2022 News