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2014-04-23 : DECISION NOT TO IMPOSE DIVISIVE SECTORAL TARGETS IN CLIMATE BILL WELCOME

IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed the decision not to impose divisive sectoral climate targets in the Climate Bill published today. However, he described the policy aspiration of carbon neutrality for the agriculture sector as unattainable based on current production knowledge.

2014-04-22 : IFA LAUNCH ELECTION MANIFESTO FOR EUROPEAN AND LOCAL ELECTIONS

Launching IFA’s Election Manifesto for the European Parliament and local elections in Dublin today (Tues), IFA President Eddie Downey said next month’s elections for the European Parliament would be one of the most important for agriculture since direct elections began 35 years ago.

2014-04-20 : DOG OWNERS HAVE TO SHOW MORE RESPONSIBILITY AS ATTACKS ON SHEEP INCREASE

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said the growing number of savage dog attacks on sheep flocks must lead to dog owners taking greater responsibility. Calls logged to the IFA hotline show over 170 sheep have been killed or injured this year. The total for last year (2013) was 359.

2014-04-17 : PROFIT AT FARM LEVEL HAS TO BE AT CORE OF PROCESS

IFA President Eddie Downey said profit at farm level has to be at the core of the process started today by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney when he convened a meeting on the beef price situation. He said the fact that the Minister has committed to stay with the process is important.

2014-04-17 : PROFIT AT FARM LEVEL HAS TO BE AT CORE OF PROCESS

IFA President Eddie Downey said profit at farm level has to be at the core of the process started today by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney when he convened a meeting on the beef price situation. He said the fact that the Minister has committed to stay with the process is important.

2014-04-17 : PROFIT AT FARM LEVEL HAS TO BE AT CORE OF PROCESS

IFA President Eddie Downey said profit at farm level has to be at the core of the process started today by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney when he convened a meeting on the beef price situation. He said the fact that the Minister has committed to stay with the process is important.

2014-04-11 : CALL FOR OPW TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL CAPITAL EXPENDITURE FOR REMEDIAL WORKS TO AVOID FLOODING

IFA Flood Project Chairman Tom Turley has called on OPW Minister Brian Hayes to provide the necessary resources to help alleviate flooding on our main rivers as well as supporting the sea defences to avoid the loss of farm land on coastal areas.

2014-04-10 : IFA MEET EU COMMISSION ON LIVE TRADE TO NORTHERN IRELAND

IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns met the EU Commission in Brussels this week demanding urgent action to remove the artificial blockages preventing the full operation of the live export trade to Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

2014-04-09 : INCOMES OF LIVESTOCK FARMERS HAVE TO BE PRIORITY AT HIGH-LEVEL MEETING ON BEEF CRISIS

On the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney that he is to hold a high-level meeting on the beef crisis on April 17th, IFA President Eddie Downey said this time round Minister Coveney must put the incomes of livestock farmers centre stage.

2014-04-07 : STATE VISIT TO THE UK WILL HAVE BENEFITS FOR OUR FOOD SECTOR

IFA President Eddie Downey said this week’s State visit by President Michael D Higgins to the UK represents an opportunity to highlight the importance of the UK as our largest market for Irish food exports.
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