The average dairy farmer can expect to pay as much as €600 extra per annum for contractors, within ten years, after the Budget brought a 1.6% carbon tax increase in agri-diesel charges, which is expected to be repeated every year for the next ten years.
Former Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has warned that if the proposed National Broadband Plan falters between now and the signing of the contract he does not believe that there will ever be high-speed broadband in rural Ireland.
The admission from Coillte, the State forestry body, that it sprays over a tonne of the weedkiller glyphosate — Roundup — each year on forests and recreational areas must be a cause for concern and immediate action. The questionable chemical is also widely used by farmers.
Greencoat Renewables — the power-generating firm whose shares are listed in Dublin and London — has paid up to €281m to buy out most of the stakes held by Coillte in four wind farms, as the firm expands in Ireland by spending some of the proceeds it raised from the market.
Air Corps Captain Sean McCarthy says today has been a more successful one for crews trying to tackle the forest fire in Co Galway, before warning that dry conditions could yet cause the blaze to grow.