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# in-the-weeds - September September 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
# In The Weeds
# In The Weeds

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?

Updated Sep 20th 2022, 7:45 PM 5,718 Views 0 Comments

Reporter Anthea Lacchia and campaigner James Walsh tell Susan Daly about how almost all councils are still using pesticides.

'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils
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# In The Weeds

'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils

Sep 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 27,209 Views 18 Comments
  • At least 28 councils applying chemical herbicide, with 19 confirmed as using glyphosate products in 2022
  • Local authorities' spend on pesticides varies from less than €1,000 to about €300,000 a year, reports Anthea Lacchia for Noteworthy
  • Campaigner: "Alternatives have to be prioritised... spraying should not be done in public areas"
Inspections found issues in how nine out of 10 vendors handled deadly pesticides
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# In The Weeds

Inspections found issues in how nine out of 10 vendors handled deadly pesticides

Sep 18th 2022, 7:30 AM 25,560 Views 21 Comments

Unapproved or revoked products for sale as well as no trained staff on site were among issues identified.

Thousands of litres of pesticides used on Irish roads and forests each year
# Investigation
# Investigation

Thousands of litres of pesticides used on Irish roads and forests each year

Sep 16th 2022, 12:05 AM 21,211 Views 48 Comments
  • Coillte alone spends around €1.5 million on pesticides every year
  • In an investigation by Noteworthy, Anthea Lacchia also reports that over 45,000 litres and 800 kg was used along national road networks since 2017
  • Expert: Outside of agriculture, "there are huge gaps in our knowledge of pesticides and how we use them"