Weather forecast

There will be rain tonight, mostly across the midlands, east and south and it will turn heavy at times in eastern coastal counties. Met Éireann are predicting overnight temperatures 7-10°C . Light to moderate northerly breezes. There will be a few misty patches towards dawn, mainly in the east and south.

Thursday will see a dull and damp start for parts of the midlands, east and south with patchy rain. The rain will clear eastwards through the morning and it will become gradually brighter. Mainly dry and bright in the west and northwest with bright or sunny spells. A few showers will develop here through the afternoon. Cool with highest temperatures of 11-16°C.

In the news

  • Farmers gave their views on the proposed conditions attached to the aid package promised by the EU and the Government for the beef sector.
  • In this week's podcast, we hear farmers thoughts on the €100m beef fund, learn about dairy farming in the Netherlands, discuss the return of cereal trials to Donegal and chat vintage machinery.
  • Glanbia has held its milk price for May supplies, the processor announced on Wednesday. Member milk suppliers will receive 28.9c/l excluding VAT for standard constituents of 3.6% butterfat and 3.3% protein.
  • Concluding a trade mission to Japan, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said that "agreement had been reached in principle to allow access for Irish sheepmeat to the Japanese market".
  • Pig producers have been warned to be mindful of biosecurity measures following the latest large outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) on a commercial pig farm in Poland.
  • Coming up this Thursday

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