Updated: 23/04/14 : 07:03:49
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O'Leary Deluded about Rural Ireland & Farm Subsidies - Harkin

Statements by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary concerning rural Ireland and small farmers were as unacceptable as his recent joke about the Queen.This was the opinion of Independent MEP Marian Harkin commenting on weekend statements by Michael O’Leary.“Michael O’Leary as a multi millionaire hobby farmer and with a delusion that rural areas are doing well, is the last person who should be pontificating about the role of small farmers [...]  Read More...

Updated: 23/04/14 : 08:57:43
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IFA launch European and Local election manifestos

Launching IFA’s Election Manifesto for the European Parliament and local elections in Dublin yesterday (Tues), IFA President Eddie Downey said next month’s elections for the European Parliament would be one of the most important for agriculture since direct elections began 35 years ago. Eddie Downey said the European Parliament now has a much more significant role than in the past, and will have an increasing level of influence over the [...]  Read More...

Updated: 18/04/14 : 10:54:58
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Farm profit must be at core of process - IFA

IFA President Eddie Downey said profit at farm level has to be at the core of the process started today by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney when he convened a meeting on the beef price situation. He said the fact that the Minister has committed to stay with the process is important. The IFA delegation, which included Livestock Chairman Henry Burns and Vice-Chairman Michael Biggins, left the summit in no doubt as to the anger [...]  Read More...

Updated: 23/04/14 : 14:27:32
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Carbon neutral agriculture unachievable - IFA

IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed the decision not to impose divisive sectoral climate targets in the Climate Bill published today. However, he described the policy aspiration of carbon neutrality for the agriculture sector as unattainable based on current production knowledge. “The issue of sectoral targets, as proposed in previous draft legislation, caused unnecessary distractions and ignored the reality that agriculture serves [...]  Read More...

Updated: 15/04/14 : 08:51:04
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Rise in food and animal exports a sign of strength - Higgins

European election candidate, Lorraine Higgins, has said today’s CSO figures showing an increase of 15% in food and live animal exports in the last year indicates the continued strength of the Irish agri-food industry.Higgins says: “The latest batch of CSO data issued today shows how Irish exports have risen by €168 million from February 2013 to February 2014 - an increase of 3%.“The most encouraging aspect is that one of the main [...]  Read More...