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Decision on Galway River Works Due in February

Date: January 14, 2016

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy, Agriculture

Independent MEP Marian Harkin has welcomed the news that the decision of An Bord Pleanala on the planning application for works on the Dunkellin and Aggard rivers is likely to be made at its board meeting on February 29th next.[more]

Blame Brussels Myth Dispelled

Date: January 14, 2016

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy, Agriculture

At an all-party delegation which included MEPs and TDs who met with Environment officials of the European Commission, it was confirmed that all decisions regarding flood risk management and action is taken at Member State level. [more]

Dredging of Rivers does not need Brussels Approval

Date: January 6, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Environment & Energy

We don't need permission from Brussels to dredge our rivers, we don't even need to notify them of our intention to do so but what we do need is an assessment of all the options available so that we can choose the most effective...[more]

EU Legislation should not be a Barrier to Flood Mitigation Measures

Date: December 15, 2015

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Environment & Energy

Urges Regional Funds for Flood Prevention [more]

Livestock Farmers also need Support

Date: December 10, 2015

Category: News Article, Agriculture

The decision of Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to make a flat rate payment of €1,350 to dairy farmers, to compensate for temporary reduced incomes, was welcome but it raised the issue of why similar payments were not...[more]

Continued Government Department Ineptitude could defeat Taoiseach’s Aspiration for Mayo Farmers

Date: October 5, 2015

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Environment & Energy

The Taoiseach’s hope that the newly announced Biomass Project for Killala could encourage the growing of renewable crops in Co. Mayo might never happen unless he ensures a more coordinated and proactive response from the relevant...[more]

Failed Government Policy Threatens 2020 Energy Targets

Date: September 24, 2015

Category: News Article, Environment & Energy, Agriculture

Despite the requirement for the State to achieve the 2020 renewable energy target of 16% the lack of co-ordination between government departments was undermining the ability of biomass to contribute to achieving this objective.[more]

Failed Government Policy Threatens 2020 Energy Targets

Date: September 24, 2015

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Despite the requirement for the State to achieve the 2020 renewable energy target of 16% the lack of co-ordination between government departments was undermining the ability of biomass to contribute to achieving this objective.[more]

Harkin Urges Farm Aid for Needy Irish Citizens

Date: September 16, 2015

Category: News Article, Agriculture

The €13.7 million share of the emergency funding agreed for Ireland’s farmers would be irrelevant for the individual farmer but, as food aid, would be more valuable to needy Irish citizens.[more]

Over Hyping Politicians need to tackle Farm Income Problem says Harkin

Date: September 2, 2015

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Politicians who consistently, over the last five years, tended to exaggerate the prospects for Irish agriculture have a major responsibility to the country’s farmers to clarify their proposals for tackling the current...[more]

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