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Beef Back on the Menu for Mercosur

Date: September 5, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Despite the fact that EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, said in May that beef was “off the menu” in Mercosur trade talks and notwithstanding the removal of Tariff Rate Quotas from the exchange of offers, the EU...[more]

UK Access to EU Single Market Could Pose Problems

Date: July 4, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Euro/Finance

Negotiations on Brexit could be a double edged sword for Ireland with a need not only to protect our exports but also to strongly defend all sectors of our economy in any post Brexit scenario”. [more]

Farmers Urged to Bee Friendly

Date: June 12, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture

The European Parliament will be buzzing on Monday and Tuesday, June 13th/14th when the importance of bees to agriculture will be highlighted in a two day conference ‘Bees Caring For Europeans – Europeans Caring for Bees’.[more]

‘Fear Factor’ in Food Supply Chain

Date: June 7, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Employment

Unequal Relationship between Grocery Multiples & Producers[more]

Urgent Action Required for ‘Forgotten Farmers’

Date: May 24, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Referring to the publication of the new program for government, Independent MEP Marian Harkin said that Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed needed to urgently apply to the European Commission for recognition of the ‘Forgotten...[more]

West Region Jobs Growth Half National Rate says Harkin

Date: May 23, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Employment

The most recent report of the Western Development Commission which showed jobs growth in the western region at 2.8%, less than half the 6.3% in the rest of the country emphasised the absolute necessity for high speed broadband in...[more]

Is Beef still off the Menu

Date: May 10, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture

In response to a question from MEP Marian Harkin regarding Commissioner Phil Hogan's assertion that "beef was off the menu" for the Mercosur trade offer this week, Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström refused to confirm his...[more]

No Mercedes For Beef Deal Acceptable

Date: April 11, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture

The €28 billion trade surplus for chemicals and machinery between the EU and the Mercusor countries of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay indicates why EU countries with strong involvement in these sectors are prepared to sacrifice EU...[more]

MEP Slams Government on Asian Clams at Lanesborough

Date: February 15, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Environment & Energy

Independent MEP Marian Harkin has slammed the country’s government departments and state agencies for their failure to designate a responsible body to tackle the problem of the Asian Clam infestation of the Shannon at...[more]

Greening Payments a Travesty of Justice

Date: February 7, 2016

Category: Agriculture, News Article

When some farmers receive payments per hectare which are a multiple of these received by others, questions have to be raised about how the ‘greening’ element of the Common Agricultural Policy is being implemented.[more]

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