Weekend weather: sunny spells and scattered showers in store
The last of the heavy rain is expected to clear north early on Friday night and scattered showers will follow.

Rain, possibly thundery, will be heaviest in the west and south during the first half of Friday and heaviest in the east during the second half of the day. Strong and gusty southeast winds will accompany the rain with gales or strong gales near exposed coasts.

The rain will be followed by heavy showers in the west and southwest later in the afternoon as winds veer to the southwest and moderate, according to Met Éireann.


There are three weather warnings in place for Friday:

  • Status yellow - wind warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal

    Southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h. Gusts will exceed these values in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground, especially in the southeast. Valid from 8am to 7pm.

  • Status yellow - rainfall warning for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Mayo, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.

    Heavy rain will lead to accumulations of around 25 to 40mm but may exceed these limits in mountainous areas. Valid from 6am to 6pm.

  • Status yellow - wind warning for Munster and Connacht.

    Southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h. Gusts will exceed these values in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground, especially in the southwest. Valid from 4am to 3pm.

  • Saturday

    Saturday will see sunny spells and scattered showers, the showers frequent in the west and south with the odd thundery downpour possible. Highest temperatures of 8°C to 10°C in mostly moderate southwest winds.

    Scattered showers will continue on Saturday night, with lows of 2°C to 6°C and light breezes.


    Further sunny spells and scattered showers are likely on Sunday, the showers most frequent in the western half of the country, with the slight risk of hail and thunder.

    In the west, the showers may merge into longer spells of rain. Southerly winds will freshen a little during the afternoon. Maximum temperatures of 9°C to 12°C.

    Early next week, sunshine and showers are expected on Monday, with temperatures close to normal. A good deal of dry weather Tuesday but rain will spread from the west later Tuesday night. The rain may linger for a time next Wednesday and it will become quite mild.

    Management notes

    In beef, Adam Woods takes a look at getting nutrition right this winter, pneumonia issues and setting up your yard for reduced workload.

    In dairy, Aidan Brennan looks at how to manage in wet weather, what cows need to be dosed for and what to expect at Dairy Day.

    On the sheep side, Darren Carty looks at post-breeding nutrition, TAMS II and a sale of working dogs.

    In tillage, the drop in soil temperatures combined with recent rain could see many more challenges to good establishment in recently planted crops and any to be planted from now on.

    Varadkar pledges income tax cuts and more forestry on farms
    An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has addressed tax equality and the role of agriculture in climate change in a speech as Fine Gael party leader.

    An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised to achieve tax equality between self-employed and PAYE workers and singled out on-farm forestry and the modernisation of Bord na Móna as priorities to tackle climate change.

    Speaking at the Fine Gael Árd Fheis in Dublin this Saturday, Taoiseach Varadkar mentioned existing tax and pension measures in favour of farmers and other self-employed workers, but added: "We're not done yet."

    Drawing from the experience of Fine Gael members surrounding him on stage, he first addressed the "hopes and fears for the future" of Kevin, a farmer from Co Leitrim.

    Full equality

    "Now we want there to be full equality for the self-employed and businesspeople when it comes to income tax," he said. "There’s no reason why someone who is self-employed should pay more income tax than those of use who are PAYE."

    The 2016 programme for government committed to increasing the earned income tax credit to €1,650 for the self-employed by 2018, but the recent Budget 2019 fell short of that, at €1,350.

    As he seeks to extend the confidence and supply agreement with Fianna Fáil, An Taoiseach pledged to close the gap if Fine Gael stayed in government.

    He also promised to increase the point at which people pay the top rate of tax to €50,000 for a single person, up from €35,300 in Budget 2019, in the interest of "fairness" for those earning average incomes.

    Transform some of our farms from carbon emitters into carbon sinks that produce timber

    Taoiseach Varadkar said Ireland had to move from "laggard to leader" on climate change. "We must and we will meet our 2030 targets for carbon emissions and renewable energy and we’ll do this by transforming Bord na Móna into a green semi-state generating renewable energy and managing waste rather than generating carbon," he said.

    Another key environmental measure will entail "investing in forestry to transform some of our farms from carbon emitters into carbon sinks that produce timber products which in turn help us to reduce plastics," he added.


    On Brexit, he supported the draft withdrawal agreement negotiated between the EU and the UK. "Let’s seal the deal and let’s get on to the next phase, which is managing the transition period and negotiating a new deep and close relationship with the UK," he said.

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    Five reasons you need to be at Dairy Day
    The Irish Farmers Journal's Dairy Day takes place in the Punchestown Event Centre from 9am on Tuesday 20 November.

    1. Skills Hub

    The Skills Hub will be running all day. It aims to showcase best practise and the efficiencies required to run a dairy farm in Ireland today.

    2. Calf Shed Talks

    There is no animal more important than the young dairy calf on a farm. Journal vet Tommy Heffernan has a packed schedule of practical demonstrations at the Calf Shed Talks.

    3. Beyond The Parlour sessions

    The Irish dairy industry is vibrant, growing and looking for new opportunities. Where is the future for added value in the dairy chain? What milk prices can farmers expect in five and 10 years time?

    4. Goodie bag

    Get your special show bag with the new Irish Dairy Farmer magazine in it.

    5. KT-approved

    And, best of all it is a Knowledge Transfer-approved event.

    Farmers protest fresh forestry expansion in Co Leitrim
    Protesters call for environmental study before any more conifers are planted in the county.

    Members of the IFA and the Save Leitrim campaign group staged a joint protest at the site of a new forestry plantation in Carrigallen, Co Leitrim, on Saturday.

    IFA Leitrim chair James Gallagher told the Irish Farmers Journal that a farm is being planted with conifers at the site, and the IFA will display the same opposition to any new such projects in Co Leitrim until an independent study of the impact of forestry expansion in the county is completed.

    "A resolution from Leitrim went to the IFA national council in September asking that there would be no new plantations without a full environmental survey," Gallagher said.

    Major concern

    After the national council endorsed the resolution at the time, IFA president Joe Healy said that the level of afforestation in recent years, particularly by non-farmers and outside investors, was of major concern to local farmers and rural communities.

    "Leitrim has 18.9% of forest cover at the moment, the highest in the country," Gallagher said. When hilltops and other areas unsuitable for planting are taken out, he estimated that half the agricultural land in the county is now planted.

    "Leitrim will not be the carbon sink for the whole country," he said.

    He added that the IFA was still lobbying for the independent study to be carried out, but this had not started yet.

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