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Farmers call for fodder support scheme

Farmers are calling for the establishment of a new scheme to import fodder as part of the Government's response to the summer drought.

Implementing a fodder import scheme quickly will give co-ops and feed suppliers the best chance of sourcing adequate fodder from abroad.

IFA president Joe Healy said it was unlikely farmers will be able to grow enough feed for this winter. Agriculture Minister Michael Creed should introduce a low-cost loan scheme to help farmers purchase feed.

"Many farmers have run up huge bills with their co-ops and merchants purchasing additional feed," he said.

Friends of Earth welcome cancer verdict

The Irish branch of environmental group Friends of the Earth has welcomed the decision by a California jury to order chemical giant Monsanto to pay nearly $290m (€253m) for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that its weed killer Roundup might cause cancer.

Friends of the Earth has said that everyone who uses Roundup should review its usage in the light of the findings of the US court. Director Oisin Coughlan said the case was a game changer and very significant.

He said they have always opposed the use of the substance because of its affect on pollinators.

Monsanto always denied any link to the disease and said studies concluded the product was safe.

Last November the EU approved the use of weedkiller glyphosate for the next five years after a heated debate over whether it causes cancer. See Page 18

Winning numbers in €2m Lotto jackpot

The numbers drawn for last night's Lotto Jackpot of more than €2m were; 4, 22, 30, 37, 45, and 47. Bonus 17. The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were; 20, 24, 31, 33, 41 and 44. Bonus 43. Lotto Plus 2 numbers were; 4, 7, 18, 19, 29, and 47. Bonus 40. The raffle number was 1907.

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Perfect conditions for shooting stars

Stargazers are urged to look skywards tonight for the biggest shooting star show of the year. The nation will get the chance to see the annual Perseids celestial shower with the naked eye in perfect conditions in the coming nights - with meteors expected to rain down every minute. The shooting stars are caused by sand grain sized particles which fell off a comet called Swift-Tuttle centuries or millennia ago.

Every August the Earth ploughs through the orbit of this comet, sweeping up this dust at a speed of more than 100,000 miles per hour. The shooting stars are tiny particles which vaporise instantly when they hit the Earth's atmosphere and burn out 50 to 100 miles above Ireland - 10 times higher than a jet aircraft.

Deer to stay in park for Papal visit

Wild herds of deer living in the Phoenix Park in Dublin will be allowed to stay in the area during the Pope's visit to Ireland later this month. Pope Francis will say Mass in the park on Sunday, August 26, as part of the World Meeting of Families. With preparations well under way, the OPW has confirmed the 550 wild deer living in the park will remain there throughout the event..

100 works on display at art exhibition

The sixth annual open art exhibition at the Signal Arts Centre at Albert Avenue in Bray, County Wicklow, will run until Sunday, August 19. The exhibition opened on Friday with the ''Best In Show'' prize of €1,000 awarded to artist Brian Manning for his oil on canvas portrait entitled The Garden of Eden. More than 100 works are on display at the centre which aims to give artists an opportunity to come together as a community to show and sell their work.

Aga Khan and President celebrate jubilee

President Michael D Higgins and the Aga Khan met yesterday to reaffirm their commitment to improving the quality of life of poor and marginalised communities.

The meeting also marked the conclusion of the Aga Khan's Diamond Jubilee year celebrating the 60th anniversary of his accession to the Imamat, (the institution and office of spiritual leadership of the Shia Ismaili Muslims).

Dublin woman leaves €2.5m in will

June Jeawon, formerly of Georgian Village, Castleknock, Dublin, who died on October 5, 2017, has left €2,453,652 in her will. Other wills: Dorothy Cole, radiographer, Oaklands Drive, Rathgar, Dublin, died December 13, 2017, €1,647,705; Mary Tighe, formerly of Rossmore Crescent, Templeogue, Dublin, died July 18, 2017, €1,057,431; Leo Monahan, draftsman, formerly of Grosvenor Ave, Bray, Co Wicklow, died September 17, 2017, €855,912; Sean Dunne, farmer, Bohermeen, Navan, Co Meath, died November 22, 2017, €849,789; Dorothy Rudd, nurse, Heatherview, Greystones, Co Wicklow, died November 29, 2017, €854,259; Ciaran Cullen, fire-fighter, Comeragh Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, died October 25, 2017, €756,441; Flannan Quirke, chartered accountant, Laurel Hill, Glenageary, Dublin, died April 26, 1997, €720,000; and Hazel Smyth, a writer, formerly of Trimbleston Gardens, Booterstown, Dublin, died November 9, 2017, €712,840.

The value of estates may include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

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