Proposed Hike in Water Charges Unacceptable & Needs to Be Reviewed Urgently

IFA Environment chair John Murphy expressed his view on the proposed increase in water charges due to be introduced on the 1st of October, saying they are unacceptable and need to be reviewed. He said that the guiding principles of the tariff framework say that they should be equitable and not discriminate between customers.   “This […]

IFA and IGG Statement After Meeting with Minister McConalogue

The Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA) and the Irish Grain Growers (IGG) met with the Minister for Agriculture yesterday to discuss the Straw Incorporation Measure (SIM).  The delegation made it clear to the Minister that the decision to suspend the straw chopping scheme was unacceptable and should be overturned.   The Minister offered to arrange a […]

Differences in Government on Residential Zoned Land Tax Adding to Farmers’ Anxiety

IFA Farm Business chair Bill O’ Keefe said the different stances being taken by Government parties on the Residential Zoned Land Tax is adding to the anxiety among farmers.   “Last week, Fine Gael supported a motion for its removal, yet this week Fianna Fáil is refusing to address the issue. Surely, they recognise how […]

Move to Suspend Straw Incorporation Scheme a Solo Run that Will Impact Tillage Sector

Francie Gorman, President of the IFA has criticised the Minister for Agriculture’s decision to suspend the Straw Incorporation Measure saying it was taken without any consultation and was a solo run that showed no consideration for the significant challenges being faced by the tillage sector.   “There is no doubt there are concerns about fodder […]

The Source Arts Centre Presents Limelight Theatricals ‘The Addams Family’

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky. Mysterious and spooky. They’re all together, ooky. The Addams Family.”    Limelight Theatricals will present their very own production of ‘The Addams Family’. The production will run in the Source Arts Centre Thurles from Wednesday July 31st to Saturday August 3rd.   Based around the eccentric Addams Family who revel in […]

Factory Demand for Cattle Increases – IFA

IFA Livestock chair Declan Hanrahan has outlined the demand for In – spec cattle which has increased significantly over the past few days as numbers of suitable cattle tighten on the ground.   He highlighted the struggle facing factories and their agents where some are now willing to pay 5-10c/kg over quotes to obtain cattle […]

Tipperary Man Elected Chair of IFA Farm Forestry Committee

Padraig Stapleton from Upperchurch, North Tipperary has been elected as the new chair of the IFA Farm Forestry Committee.   Upon his election, he thanked his predecessor, Jason Fleming, for the work he has done in his time as chair and said he looks forward to representing farmers with forestry.   “The reality is that many […]

Minister O’Donnell announces funding approval for Minor Flood Mitigation Works at Greenane, Templederry, Co. Tipperary

Kieran O’ Donnell, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, has announced the acceptance of Tipperary County Council’s application for funding under the Office of Public Works’ Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. Under the scheme, Tipperary County Council will receive €31,613 worth of funding for the proposed project. […]

German travel agents cruise on the River Shannon

Travel agents from German tour organiser ADAC Reisen have been travelling in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, cruising on the Shannon. They were guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and cruising tour provider Le Boat.   As part of the tour, the group stopped for dinner at Paddy’s Bar in Terryglass and at The Ferry Inn Bar […]

Appeals Panel Should be Up and Running Without Delay – IFA

Following the passing of the Agricultural Appeals Bill through its second stage in the Dáil, IFA Rural Development chair John Curran spoke about the importance of the Bill reaching this stage and the need for it to be implemented as quickly as possible:   “This has been a long time coming. We are operating in […]

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