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Welcoming today (Wed) the announcement by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys of an additional 100 dairy labour permits for workers from outside the EU/EEA. “IFA made a detailed business case for this, and the Minister has responded positively following the initial run of 50 permits.” He said the same approach was now needed […]

Addressing the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle today, IFA Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton said the most significant challenge for the sector is the imminent EU Mercosur trade deal, which undermines our high production standards. Through its reports, the EU Food and Veterinary Office has shown that Brazilian imports fail to meet EU standards on […]

The IFA has today, 24 April committed to a sustained campaign against AIB’s proposal to include certain farmer loans as part of its recently announced loan sale. Speaking as part of a group of IFA members outside the AIB AGM in Dublin, IFA’s Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton said, “It is wrong that AIB would […]

Reacting to the launch of the €300m Future Growth Loan Scheme for SMEs and farmers, IFA Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton said, “While we welcome this as a product for capital long-term investment, it is disappointing that there is no opportunity to apply for working capital under this scheme”. He said the number of farmers […]

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