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Message from the Chairman
                   

The National Environment & Rural Affairs Committee is committed to removing unnecessary and excessive bureaucracy being imposed on farmers.  As National Chairman, I will work with Government, State Agencies, key stakeholders and IFA Officers to:

  • Create a greater understanding of the fact that farmers -
    • In recent years have spent over €2.5bn ensuring that their farms conform to the highest environmental standards.
    • Have the most emission efficient food production system in Europe, because of our grass based production system.
  • Resist any efforts to introduce excessive and unworkable climate change legislation, which would limit the growth potential of the agri-food sector.
  • Negotiate with the Departments of Agriculture and Environment to achieve the workable implementation of the land improvement regulation.
  • Resist further unjustifiable charges being imposed on rural dwellers, such as septic tank charges and proposed water abstraction charges.
  • Seek realistic REFIT tariffs that will make micro-wind energy a viable proposal.
  • Negotiate with the Department of Transport and the RSA, and secure workable weights when using agricultural vehicles on public roads.
  • Seek a more workable solution to the on-going farming by date and slurry spreading difficulties.

About the Chairman.

IFA information
Environment News

2014-03-06

MINISTER HOGAN REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT THAT CLIMATE LAW WILL NOT HINDER SUSTAINABLE GROWTH OF AGRICULTURE – IFA
IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed assurances provided by Environment Minister Phil Hogan that forthcoming climate laws will not restrict the sustainable growth of the sector.

2014-02-26

NATIONAL NETWORK OF POST OFFICES PROVIDE VITAL SERVICES FOR RURAL IRELAND - IFA
IFA Deputy President & Countryside spokesman Tim O’ Leary has welcomed clarification from the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte that the Government does not plan to close post offices.

2014-02-18

MINISTER RECOGNISES PROBLEMS WITH LOAD HEIGHT RESTRICTION AND EXEMPTS HAY AND STRAW
IFA National Environment & Rural Affairs Chairman Harold Kingston has welcomed the decision by the Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to change the unworkable load height restriction for hay and straw introduced last November.

2014-02-14

EXTREME WEATHER MAKING FARMING CONDITIONS VERY DIFFICULT - IFA
IFA President Eddie Downey said the extreme weather since the start of the year, coupled with the start of the lambing and calving season, is making conditions for farm families around the country very difficult.
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Environment Policy

2013-09-19 Harnessing Ireland's Wind Resource for Renewable Energy Production

An energy policy for jobs, growth and economic development

2013-06-12 IFA Nitrates Review Submission June 2013

Review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme Submission to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine & Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

2013-03-08 IFA submission on Fracking

IFA's submission to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the proposed terms of reference for a programme of research on the environmental impact of fracking.

2012-12-14 IFA Submission on Waste Managment Regulations 2012

The IFA Submission to the Public Consultation on the proposed Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
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Committee Activity