Two more cases of bird flu detected in Ireland
Another two cases of bird flu have been detected in wild birds this week in Ireland.
It brings to eight the total number of incidences of bird flu since the first case was detected in in the last week of the year in Wexford.
The latest cases were detected in North Tipperary, near Nenagh, in a mute swan and near Midleton, Cork in a grey heron.
It comes just days after the EU announced it had set aside €165m to fight animal diseases and plant pests this year, including in Ireland.
The funds will go to help governments fight the spread of diseases including bovine tuberculosis, rabies, salmonella, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, African swine fever and bird flu.
No commercial flocks have been affected in Ireland to date, and the Department of Agriculture has reminded flock owners - of both commercial flocks and people with backyard birds - that they are required to keep them indoors.