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EU preparing new sanctions against Russia

The European Commission is preparing a sixth package of sanctions against Russia.

The new sanctions may involve an embargo on buying Russian oil which could further push up energy costs here.

Russia's energy exports - by far its biggest source of income - have so far largely been exempt from international sanctions over the war in Ukraine.

Farmers to be given €1,000 to grow silage in bid to combat shortage

Farmers are to be given up to €1,000 each to help them grow silage as part of a €55 million scheme to offset the grain shortage caused by the war in Ukraine.

The Cabinet is set to approve a major new scheme for farmers to grow silage, with the cost of silage likely to rise by up to 30 per cent this year because of the war and the wider cost-of-living crisis, leading farming groups to demand urgent action.

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It is understood that the package being developed will reward farmers with a €100/hectare payment for all silage cut up to 10 hectares.

Man killed and woman seriously injured in Donegal crash

A man has died in a crash in Co Donegal on Monday evening.

Gardaí are investigating the two-vehicle collision which happened at Meenaward, near Buncrana, on the Mountain Road at around 10.50pm.

The driver of one of the vehicles, who was in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both the driver and the passenger of the other vehicle were taken to Letterkenny University Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Gardaí described the condition of the passenger, a woman in her 30s, as “serious”.

Concerns over HRT shortage

Shortages of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) products have become an increasing worry for women across the country who use the treatments to relieve severe symptoms of the menopause.

Around half a million women in Ireland face disruption to their supply until at least July.

According to Dr Caoimhe Hartley, the treatment has grown in popularity in recent years.

"If you look at the prescribing rates, the UK are saying that it's gone up five to seven times what we would have been prescribing two years ago," Dr Hartley said.

"And hats probably because we've learned more."

Dr Hartley said the increase in demand has not been able to keep up with supply.

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