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#Department of Agriculture

# department-of-agriculture - Thursday 6 June, 2019

Seven locations searched by Gardaí as part of horsemeat investigation

Searches took place across the country as part of an ongoing Garda investigation into horsemeat sales.

# department-of-agriculture - Saturday 27 April, 2019

No one has been prosecuted for deliberately starting wildfires since 2012

This burning of land is illegal from 1 March to 31 August, but there’s only been 11 prosecutions in over 10 years.

# department-of-agriculture - Monday 18 March, 2019

Government to award €80k contract for 75,000 pet passports

With requirements for pet travel to the UK likely to change with Brexit, the government is ordering a lot more pet passports.

# department-of-agriculture - Sunday 3 March, 2019

Department warns that people who illegally burn land risk prosecution

Burning land between 1 March and 31 August is an offence under the 1976 Wildlife Act.

# department-of-agriculture - Friday 22 February, 2019

Government issues estimated €4 million tender to station vets at border posts post-Brexit Exclusive

This includes the possibility of placing them at potential border posts with Northern Ireland in the future.

# department-of-agriculture - Sunday 3 February, 2019

OPW sold carcasses of Phoenix Park deer culled by state-hired marksman to game dealer

Annual culls are carried out by the OPW to manage the number of wild deer in the park.

# department-of-agriculture - Saturday 8 September, 2018

Irish people asked not to bring back food from 8 EU countries to prevent spread of African Swine Fever

The Department of Agriculture said that if the disease reached Ireland, it would do “very serious damage to the pig industry”.

# department-of-agriculture - Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Rare Condition Red forest fire warning issued as highs of 30 degrees forecast tomorrow

Temperatures are due to range between 24 to 30 degrees tomorrow, according to Met Éireann.

# department-of-agriculture - Sunday 4 February, 2018

'If you have to use a shock collar, you don't know how to train a dog - end of story'

There are calls for the Ireland to follow Scotland in banning the use of the canine training devices.

# department-of-agriculture - Tuesday 30 January, 2018

'Absolutely horrendous': 16 abandoned, malnourished donkeys rescued in Mayo

One donkey was already dead when the Department of Agriculture arrived at the scene.

# department-of-agriculture - Tuesday 22 August, 2017

Bullock with serious injuries left unaided and alone at Mayo cattle mart for 10 hours

The animal was euthanised after being left in distress from morning until evening after sustaining a broken leg.

# department-of-agriculture - Sunday 6 August, 2017

Should Ireland start feeding its cows seaweed? The government isn't sure

Studies in Australia and Canada look promising, but the Department of Agriculture still have some questions.

# department-of-agriculture - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Irish farmers warned about Bluetongue virus after outbreaks in France

There have been 657 reported outbreaks in France since the start of this year.

# department-of-agriculture - Sunday 30 April, 2017

State scheme teams up farmers with endangered birds of prey

The scheme aims to bring farmers and environmentalists together to a mutual understanding of the others’ concerns.

# department-of-agriculture - Saturday 4 February, 2017

Sixth case of bird flu in Ireland found in whooper swan

The risk to humans is considered to be very low but the public is advised not to handle sick or dead birds.

# department-of-agriculture - Thursday 5 January, 2017

Egypt reopens its beef market to Irish farmers ending 17-year ban

Five firms have got the green light to export to the major consumer market.

# department-of-agriculture - Monday 2 January, 2017

'Fantastic progress' in 2016 but animals in Irish circuses 'continue to suffer'

Four circuses were inspected by officials in 2016, but the minister says “no significant animal welfare issues were identified”.

# department-of-agriculture - Friday 30 December, 2016

Bird flu found in wild duck in Wexford

The H5N8 virus is highly pathogenic, and has been found across the UK and Europe in recent times.

# department-of-agriculture - Saturday 17 December, 2016

Farmers urged to check flocks after outbreak of bird flu in England

An outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 (bird flu) has been confirmed in Lincolnshire.

# department-of-agriculture - Friday 12 June, 2015

Own a dog? You have to microchip it very soon

The government is providing €100,000 to charities who provide the service.

# department-of-agriculture - Saturday 23 May, 2015

Wildlife group calls for government to stand up against lobbying for deer cull

Deer have moved into the lowlands in recent years and are impacting more and more on the livelihoods of farmers, representative groups are saying.

# department-of-agriculture - Tuesday 12 May, 2015

This is why some TDs have to watch a video of thousands of pigs being slaughtered

Farmers have made claims against the Department of Agriculture.

# department-of-agriculture - Thursday 2 April, 2015

Outbreak of Salmonella at seven Irish poultry farms

The Department of Agriculture said there are no food safety risks to the public.

# department-of-agriculture - Wednesday 29 October, 2014

'Shocked and horrified': Bodies of 11 greyhounds found on Irish ferry

It is believed the dogs suffocated in transit during the 14-hour journey.

# department-of-agriculture - Sunday 12 October, 2014

Here's how a new app could solve the beef crisis for farmers

The Beef Pricewatch App will allow farmers to track factory prices.

# department-of-agriculture - Wednesday 1 October, 2014

Who you gonna call? The Department of Agriculture Investigations Division

The new unit will bring the department’s investigations unit under one banner.

# department-of-agriculture - Monday 4 August, 2014

Ireland culled up to 39,000 badgers in six years

The Department of Agriculture is trialling a vaccination programme in a number of counties to see how effective it is but most badgers captured are shot.

# department-of-agriculture - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Grants to Irish farmers will total €4bn over the next six years.

They include supports for being environmentally friendly and for investment.

# department-of-agriculture - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Simon Coveney is jetting off to the US to talk about beef

The minister has 16 meetings planned over the next four days with multinationals, potential investors and politicians.

# department-of-agriculture - Friday 4 April, 2014

Dead horses, cows and calves found dumped at the base of Co Clare cliffs

The ISPCA say that it appears that the animals were thrown from the top of the 100m high cliffs.

# department-of-agriculture - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Pics: Thousands of farmers rally at Department of Agriculture over beef price cuts Where's The Beef This post contains images

Pics: Thousands of farmers rally at Department of Agriculture over beef price cuts

IFA president Eddie Downey said today that some farmers are “at their wits end”.

# department-of-agriculture - Monday 20 January, 2014

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your Monday…

IMPACT: Food exports could be hit by industrial action at Department of Agriculture

Over 600 technical staff at the Department of Agriculture intend to cause ‘administrative inconvenience to management’ from today.

# department-of-agriculture - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Forestry Inventory finds 10.5% of Ireland’s total land area is forest

There has been an increase in the private forestry estate of 4 per cent in the last six years.

# department-of-agriculture - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

Payments under €125m scheme for disadvantaged farmers start today

The payments are given to farmers living in areas considered to be at a particular disadvantaged due to factors like location in a mountainous area or restrictions due to preservation.

# department-of-agriculture - Monday 12 August, 2013

'Effective meetings' and 'retirement planning' among Dept's €750k spend on training

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine spent €29,142 for facility hire and tea and coffee facilities as well as nearly €200,000 on travel and subsistence for the training.

# department-of-agriculture - Saturday 20 July, 2013

Minister Coveney doesn't like fur farming but he's not banning it Fur This post contains videos

Minister Coveney doesn't like fur farming but he's not banning it Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with, Coveney also said that his department will be cracking down on dog fighting and introducing a strict code for bloodsports.

# department-of-agriculture - Thursday 18 July, 2013

Coveney: Horsemeat scandal a result of bad management, not illegal management Horsemeat This post contains videos

Coveney: Horsemeat scandal a result of bad management, not illegal management

In an interview with, Coveney said that his department has handed information to authorities in other countries and that he expects them to pursue prosecutions.

# department-of-agriculture - Monday 24 June, 2013

PHOTOS: Farmers mount Kildare St protest over CAP reforms Load Of Bull This post contains images

PHOTOS: Farmers mount Kildare St protest over CAP reforms

There’s a load of bull on Kildare Street today. Literally.

# department-of-agriculture - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes is the new junior agriculture minister

Hayes succeeds Shane McEntee who died last December.

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