Open letter to the Institutions: Europe needs more farmers

Today, in a letter to the European Commission and CAP legislators, signed by farmers’ organisations, environmental organisations, NGOs, unions, and researchers, European Coordination Via Campesina underlines the key role of small and medium-sized farmers in the resolution of current social, environmental, and food-related crises. It demands that EU policy in this pivotal moment must support and increase the […]

Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions drop by 6.4 percent in 2020

In 2020, greenhouse gas emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies – covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme – fell by 6.4 per cent. Emissions decreased by 8.4 per cent from the electricity generation sector, due to more renewable energy and less fossil fuels. The overall decrease in industrial emissions is 3.5 per […]

Ireland’s sporting Heroes inspiring young people on and off the Pitch!

During the recent pandemic lockdown, Irish schoolchildren attending DEIS schools were chosen to receive healthy eating food packs containing fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy. In addition to perishable and non-perishable provisions provided to DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) schools by the Department of Social Protection under the ‘School Meals Scheme’, the Department of […]

Driver Theory Test Must Be Classified as an Essential Service – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan has written to Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton to allow candidates to take the Driver Theory Test remotely. “I pointed out to Minister Naughton that there are many essential workers who need to secure a Category B and/or W Driver Licence in order to deliver essential […]

IFA meet Tanaiste on proposed Mercosur deal to bring more beef from Brazil

IFA President Tim Cullinan held a meeting with the Tanáiste and Minister for Trade Leo Varadkar yesterday, at which he insisted that the Government must reject the proposed EU Commission trade deal with the Mercosur countries including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. “By any measure, the Mercosur countries, particularly Brazil, have failed to meet the […]

EPA has started a 3-year project that will improve the level of air quality information

EPA has started a 3-year project that will improve the level of air quality information available to the public and policy makers in Ireland. LIFE EMERALD is part funded by the European Commission LIFE funding programme. The main objectives are: o  an operational 3-day ambient air quality forecast; o near real-time mapping of the main air […]

Farmers with TAMS work need faster response to rising building costs

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins said the Dept of Agriculture is not responding quickly enough to rising building costs, especially steel.   The increases are having a knock-on effect on items such as LESS equipment and meal bins, which is adding significantly to costs for farmers doing TAMS work.   “Delays in issuing approvals, […]

Inland Fisheries Ireland launches responsible outdoor recreation guide for anglers with Leave No Trace Ireland

 Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in collaboration with Leave No Trace Ireland has launched an outdoor recreational guide for angling  nationwide based on the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. Anglers are custodians of our natural fisheries resource and this leaflet is a short guide for anglers on how they can minimise the impact their fishing trip can have on […]

ALONE highlights the importance of physical movement to combat frailty among older people re-emerging into society

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, is highlighting the importance of physical movement for joint health in older people during National Arthritis Week, 12th – 18th of April 2021. ALONE is concerned about the physical, mental and social challenges that older people will face as they break their period of social isolation and readjust to a new […]

Donal Skehan announced as this year’s Great Irish Bake Ambassador for Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin and Temple Street

Children’s Health Foundation Ambassador Donal Skehan was joined virtually by CHI patients Adam King and Saoirse Ruane to celebrate the launch of this year’s Great Irish Bake for Crumlin and Temple Street taking place on 21st May, proudly supported by Gem. For many years the Great Irish Bake has raised some much-needed dough for sick children in CHl […]

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