Government Must Fight Back Agains CAP Budget Cut

Proposed cuts to the CAP Budget are a major threat to farming in Ireland and must be strongly resisted, IFA President Joe Healy said today following the launch of CAP 2020 proposals by Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels. “The fundamental issue for farmers is the size of the CAP Budget. It is completely unacceptable that […]

IFA Calls On Taoiseach To Intervene With President Juncker On Mercosur

IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin this week wrote to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to express serious concerns about the engagement between EU and Mercosur negotiators in Brussels this Friday and the imminent exchange of offers between both sides.   In his letter, the IFA Chairman highlighted the damaging impact a Mercosur deal would have on […]

Harkin Urges Adoption Of European Parliament Decision On Fracking

Following her support for a vote in the European Parliament to request EU member states not to authorise any new fracking operations, Independent MEP Marian Harkin called for all local authorities in Ireland to provide for such a ban in their County Development Plans, based on the precautionary principle. Speaking in the European Parliament after […]

IFA President Rejects Commission Proposals On Flat-Rate Payment And Greening

Speaking in Brussels following the publication of the CAP document in Brussels today (Wed), IFA President John Bryan strongly rejected the EU Commission proposals on flat-rate payments and greening, as they would seriously impact on primary producers who are the main drivers of the agriculture sector. John Bryan said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney […]

New Consumer Protections an Opportunity For online and Distance Sales Companies – Phil Prendergast

Labour MEP Phil Prendergast is encouraging Irish companies to gear up for new opportunities in online and distance sales after new EU-wide rules for cross-border sales were approved in Brussels today. The European Parliament voted in favour of a directive establishing new consumer rights particularly for online shopping and distance selling*. “The new rules will […]

IFA Urges Farmers and Co-ops to Work Together to Avoid 2010/11 Superlevy Bill

With two days to go to the end of the 2010/11 milk quota year, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Kevin Kiersey today (Tues) urged all over quota dairy farmers and all co-ops, to work closely together in coming days to avoid the wasteful cost of superlevy for this year. He said he was determined to […]