Rental Strategy Leaves Low-to-Moderate Income Earners Out In The Cold

Three national housing associations have come together to call on the Housing Minister Simon Coveney T.D. to deliver on his promise to establish a pilot affordable rental scheme.   The associations welcome much of the government’s rental strategy and in particular the plan to reduce rent increases in the private rented sector; to increase security of […]

County Council Set To Transfer Commercial Water Charges To Irish Water – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney to immediate suspend plans aimed at transferring all local authority commercial water charging functions to Irish Water. The transfer which is set to begin at the end of this week will see Irish Water take complete control of […]

Minister Must Reject EU-Mercosur Offer At Farm Council Meeting – IFA

IFA National Chairman, Jer Bergin, has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to reject outright the draft offer from the EU for increased imports from the Mercosur countries.   He said, “At the EU Farm Council meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, Minister Coveney must reject outright any exchange of offers. He must make […]

Farming Community abandoned by failure to process payments – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described as completely outrageous the unwillingness of both the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes to acknowledge the scale of the difficulties farmers are experiencing through delays in receiving basic farm payments. Deputy McGrath was speaking as a prolonged […]

Minister Coveney Believes He Has No Role To Play In Beef Price Competition

IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said it is incredible that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney believes he has no role to play and ‘cannot get involved in’ the proposed investment by ABP in Slaney Meats and the lack of competition in the beef sector.  Henry Burns said the Competition and Consumer Protection Authority […]

Minister Coveney Must Insist Beef Factories Honour Beef Forum

In what he described as a very tough and frank Beef Forum meeting, IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney made it very clear to the meat factories at this week’s meeting that there can be no duel base pricing for steers or heifers in individual processing plants by […]

IFA Calls To Secure Commission Review of Dairy Intervention Prices

Speaking at the Teagasc Open Day on dairying in Moorepark today (Wed), IFA President Eddie Downey called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to ensure that the EU Commission fulfils its obligations by reviewing dairy intervention prices.   “The pressure on milk prices has been intensifying in recent weeks, and they have been falling […]

Farmers Expect Minister Coveney To Honour His Commitment On Farmers’ Charter

IFA Deputy President Tim O Leary said farmers expect the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to honour his commitment on finalising a new Charter of Rights for farmers.   He said farmers were promised a new Charter to coincide with the implementation of the new CAP, which commenced on Jan 1st 2015. “Farmers are extremely frustrated […]

First Irish Micro Brewery Economic Impact Report Launched

A market showing growth of over 45% for 2014   Minister Coveney joins Ireland’s leading craft brewers and industry influencers to launch the first official development and economic impact report on microbreweries in Ireland. The report was commissioned by the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI), an association set up earlier this year in response […]

New Projects in Upperchurch Officially Opened by Minister Simon Coveney

Upperchurch Drombane community Development Association invited Simon Coveney to officially open 3 new projects in Upperchurch. The Chairman Michael Greene extended a Cead Mile Failte to the minister, Deirdre Clune European candidate, Mr. Noel Coonan T.D. and their team. He also extended our appreciation to Leader N.T.L.P. for their contribution and work with our development […]

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