Free Range Egg Producers Deserve State Support
Date: March 15, 2017
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.
Threat to Sligo Veterinary Laboratory Conflicts with Government Rural Policy
Date: February 20, 2017
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...
CETA deals a blow to Irish Beef Sector
Date: February 15, 2017
In the European Parliament today, Marian voted against the proposed EU trade agreement with Canada.
Are Finance and Revenue facilitating continuation of VAT Abuse Scheme?
Date: February 6, 2017
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...
Ireland Will Leave itself Open to €Multi Million Claims
Date: November 21, 2016
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...
Teagasc Praised for Services to Farming
Date: November 21, 2016
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...
Reaction to Prime Minister Declaration on Brexit
Date: October 3, 2016
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.
Tillage Farmers Need Help
Date: September 27, 2016
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.
Beef Back on the Menu for Mercosur
Date: September 5, 2016
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...
UK Access to EU Single Market Could Pose Problems
Date: July 4, 2016
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”.