Updated: 11/12/14 : 10:18:09
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Minister must ensure all beef forum outcomes are implemented

IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed the statement from Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney that there can be no delay or sidestepping in the implementation of the outcomes from the Beef Forum. He said IFA has made it very clear that the Minister must ensure that all of the agreed outcomes from the beef forum are fully implemented, in line with the timeframes laid down. Eddie Downey said there is an urgency to progress the issue on the [...]  Read More...

Updated: 12/12/14 : 07:27:37
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€20million for agri-food and forest research

Fine Gael Senator for Sligo-Leitrim and the Seanad spokesperson for Agriculture has today welcomed awards of over €20 million for collaborative inter-institutional research projects under the Department of Agriculture’s FIRM, Stimulus and CoFoRD competitive research funding programmes. These awards arise from the Department’s 2014 Call for Research proposals.“This investment will build research capacity and capability in the Irish public [...]  Read More...

Updated: 10/12/14 : 10:37:06
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Eirgrid's report must result in significant changes - IFA

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Harold Kingston has described the findings of a recent report, which reviewed EirGrid’s community consultation process, as confirmation that EirGrid has not listened to or genuinely engaged with key stakeholders such as farmers and rural communities. He said “IFA has always tried to engage constructively with infrastructure developments. However, it is difficult to see how EirGrid can [...]  Read More...

Updated: 10/12/14 : 10:39:48
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IFA Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House opens

Speaking at the opening of the IFA Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House in Dublin yesterday (Tues), IFA President Eddie Downey has encouraged people to visit the Crib over the next fortnight. “As a gift from the farmers of Ireland, we hope the Crib brings joy and excitement, particularly for young families. It is also an opportunity to support the Mansion House Fuel Fund, which helps the homeless at this time of year.” Eddie Downey [...]  Read More...

Updated: 04/12/14 : 07:30:01
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IFA president warns against talking down milk price

Speaking ahead of a meeting with Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to discuss the current dairy crisis, IFA President Eddie Downey warned against excessive talking down of the milk price despite current market turbulence. He said, “We are facing into a challenging time for our dairy farmers, but we have also to recognise that we have an excellent quality product and strong links to various markets. Urgent Government and EU action is [...]  Read More...