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Free Range Egg Producers Deserve State Support

Date: March 15, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Free-range egg producers who face substantial monetary losses, due to restrictions placed on them in relation to Avian Flu must be compensated by the State.[more]

Threat to Sligo Veterinary Laboratory Conflicts with Government Rural Policy

Date: February 20, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

The proposal by the Department of Agriculture & Food to close Regional Veterinary Laboratories such as that in Sligo, and to centralise services elsewhere, has been described by Independent MEP Marian Harkin as flying in the face...[more]

CETA deals a blow to Irish Beef Sector

Date: February 15, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

In the European Parliament today, Marian voted against the proposed EU trade agreement with Canada.[more]

Are Finance and Revenue facilitating continuation of VAT Abuse Scheme?

Date: February 6, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Why are some politicians, Government bodies and certain farming organisations willing to allow the continuation of a scheme which is an abuse of the VAT flat rate addition leading to the facilitation of significant over-claiming...[more]

Ireland Will Leave itself Open to €Multi Million Claims

Date: November 21, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture

It was horrifying that the government had provisionally signed up to the EU Canadian (CETA) trade deal without Dail debate, and approval. One of the consequences of this is that it would leave Ireland open to €multi million...[more]

Teagasc Praised for Services to Farming

Date: November 21, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Despite continuous reduction in funding and staffing Teagasc had continued to provide the exceptional advisory and educational services necessary to support farmers as they seek sustainability in an increasingly challenging...[more]

Reaction to Prime Minister Declaration on Brexit

Date: October 3, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, I responded to British Prime Minister Teresa May’s declaration that they themselves would be in control immigration and pass their own laws.[more]

Tillage Farmers Need Help

Date: September 27, 2016

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Tillage farmers suffering great hardship in the parts of the country as a result of difficult harvesting conditions fully deserved to have an exceptional aid package specifically geared to offsetting their losses.[more]

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]

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