IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the opening up of applications for the National Walks Scheme, which will double the number of national walks and benefit up to 2,000 farmers.
At a meeting in Dublin with the Minister for Community and Rural Development, Michael Ring, the Minister confirmed to IFA that the €2m allocated in last Octobers’ Budget is now available to interested groups for application.
IFA National Hill Committee Chairman, Flor McCarthy said that there are a significant number of walks that will be in a position to apply and it is vital that they qualify without delay. The National Walks Scheme has been a valuable addition to the development of recreational tourism in peripheral areas and supports farmer input in the creation of walking routes.
Minister Ring also confirmed to IFA that labour rate for farmers own work in maintaining the walks will increase from €12.50/hr to €13.50/hr. This will also apply to both existing participants and new participants, including farmers who may be in the middle of their current contracts.
On the National Indemnification Scheme, the Minister confirmed to IFA that the legislation to cover land owners in the event of accident will be published shortly and will be rolled out initially on a pilot basis.
IFA impressed on the Minister, the urgency of getting this legislation through the Dáil, so that farmers and landowners are given all the protection they need from any claim that may arise.
23 11 2018
At a meeting organised by IFA in Portlaoise last night to discuss the ANC review, a strong call was made for the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to set up the appeals process without delay to deal with areas that have been taken out, and areas which are still excluded.
IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy and sheep farmers from the Dublin area met recently with Coillte on the control of dogs in the forestry area of the Dublin mountains. He said “IFA and Coillte have agreed to work together to encourage responsible dog ownership and reduce the attacks on sheep flocks in the Dublin Mountain area”.
10 09 2018
10-point plan for Hill Farmers launched at National Hill Forum
05 07 2018
With the Heritage Bill to extend the dates for burning gorse and hedge-cutting passing final stage in the Dail this week, IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy said that an early conclusion is now necessary with immediate implementation.