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# Weedkiller

Last year
Opinion: This planet is not one we 'own' - it's a resource we share
Environmental campaigner Jamie Rohu says we must rethink our relationship with the natural world.
# in the weeds
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
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
A report by
Anthea Lacchia
The amount spent by local authorities on pesticides varies from less than €1,000 to about €300,000 a year.
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"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
Inspections found issues in how nine out of 10 vendors handled deadly pesticides
# in the weeds
Inspections found issues in how nine out of 10 vendors handled deadly pesticides
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
A report by
Anthea Lacchia
Coillte alone spends around €1.5 million on pesticides – including the controversial glyphosate – every year.
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"
All time
# Weedkiller
More than 17,000 litres of weedkiller sprayed onto Irish roads over two years
The continued use of glyphosate products has been controversial as a result of lawsuits in the United States relating to its cancer-causing risk.
# Weedkiller
Bayer agrees to pay $10.9bn to settle Roundup weedkiller claims
Bayer bought US firm and Roundup maker Monsanto for $63 billion in 2018.
# glyphosate
Researchers call for Irish families to take part in study of controversial weedkiller
The Austrian government recently banned glyphosate products over fears that it could cause cancer.
# glyphosate
Irish government says it will follow expert guidance after Austria approves ban of controversial weedkiller
Austrian members of parliament earlier this week approved a total ban on glyphosate.
# lasso
French court upholds guilty verdict against Monsanto over poisoning of farmer who used its weedkiller
This is the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides.
# Roundup
Man awarded $80 million after claiming weed killer caused his cancer
A US jury found that the product lacked sufficient warnings of potential risk.
# glyphosate
Dublin City Council to trial alternative to controversial Monsanto weedkiller in parks and on streets
A 2015 study by the World Health Organisation concluded that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic” to humans.
# Jobswatch
Enda Kenny announces 145 new jobs in green energy
The positions will be created over the next three years at a Galway firm making small wind turbines for homes and farms.
# Royal Visit
Fairyhouse scrambles to cover up anti-royal slogan burnt into turf
Grand National preparations are disrupted after a slogan protesting the Queen’s visit is burnt into turf at the finishing post.