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Leitrim a National Sacrifice Zone for Sitka Spruce

Date: January 15, 2018

Category: News Article, Agriculture, Environment & Energy

Following her recent meetings with community representatives to discuss problems associated with excessive afforestation in CO. Leitrim, Marian met with representatives of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) in...[more]

Forestry Threatens to Decimate Leitrim Communities

Date: January 7, 2018

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Existing government policy, related to forestry, will decimate the social fabric of Co. Leitrim and requires an immediate and effective response from those who believe that trees should not replace population in the coming decade.[more]

Ray of hope for Forgotten Farmers in CAP Proposals

Date: December 1, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

In his proposal for the new CAP, Commissioner Phil Hogan has spoken of the need for flexibility so that Member States can design special schemes to cater to the needs of all young farmers and this, I believe, will allow Ireland...[more]

Marian welcomes Belgian referral of CETA Investment Courts to ECJ

Date: September 6, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Today Marian welcomed the decision of the Belgian federal and regional governments to refer the Investor Courts System of the EU-Canadian trade deal (CETA) to the European Court of Justice for its opinion on such courts’...[more]

€900 toll for Irish Hauliers from France to Italy

Date: June 20, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Irish export industry threatened by Brexit requires urgent action by government to ease extra costs which will arise in getting goods to market.[more]

Rare Breeds Deserve EU Support – Harkin

Date: June 20, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Just as the government had recognised the need to protect the country’s built and archaeological heritage it was surely as justified to retain and protect live evidence of a 5,000 year old species that grazed around the...[more]

EU Consumer Confidence Shattered by Brazilian Beef Scandal

Date: April 4, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

Trust in the ability of the EU to protect the interests of EU Consumers had been shattered by the current inspection failures revealed in relation to Brazilian beef.[more]

Call for Ban on Brazilian Beef

Date: March 23, 2017

Category: News Article, Agriculture

The revelation that Brazilian meat plants approved to export to the European Union had been discovered exporting beef unfit for consumption has led to Marian calling for a ban on shipments to the EU.[more]

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]

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