Over 74,000 students applied for college places via the CAO this year. The figures show strong growth in areas of built environment, architecture, engineering and technology, as well as law and dentistry. CAO preliminary data indicates a decline in overall demand for agriculture third-level courses of approximately 7 per cent, with a decline in first preferences of 18.9 per cent.
Conservation payments of €942,000, under the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme (BCFP), have commenced.
Updated Capital Gains Tax (CGT) guidelines for farm restructuring have been published by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney and the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.