Ireland could be TB-free by 2030

We have spent billions trying to control and eliminate TB, but experts are quietly confident that eradication is back on the cards by 2030

Focused culls removed 30pc of the local badger population

Darragh McCullough

In late 1965, then Agriculture Minister Charlie Haughey held a big party up in Government buildings to celebrate the end of a disease that had been the scourge of the country - bovine TB.