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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the new €20m funding for suckler farmers announced in this week’s Budget was recognition of the income crisis in the sector, but the level of funding was disappointing and more needs to be done to help sustain the suckler herd.

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 IFA National Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described recent comments made by Minister Cannon about greenways as a “real step forward by Government, in the development of a co-design collaborative approach to the development of recreational routes.”

 

Mr. Cooney said “When Minister Cannon told the Connacht Tribune that “CPOs are out the window” he could not have been clearer regarding Government’s position for greenway development. This position must also be adopted by Minister Griffin for the proposed South Kerry greenway project, where the local authority has ignored the National Greenway Strategy and lodged a planning application. By doing this they may have actually jeopardised future funding for this important greenway project.”

 

Thomas Cooney concluded, “Recreational routes, such as greenways, have an important role to play in the development of the rural economy. The recently announced National Greenways Strategy by Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin requires local authorities to adopt a consultative and proactive manner with the potentially affected landowners, that is sensitive to their needs, that maximises their support for, and goodwill towards, the proposed Greenway and is in line with an agreed code of practice.’ This is the blueprint which local authorities, such as Cavan and Ministers including Ciaran Cannon, have signed up to and that all local authorities must follow.”

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said sufficient flexibilities are available to ensure areas currently designated as ANC can be fully protected in the upcoming review.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on Kerry County Council and Transport Minister Shane Ross to halt plans to force through a recreational greenway in South Kerry by compulsorily taking farmers’ lands.

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IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy told a Charter of Farmers’ Rights meeting in Portlaoise today that the Department of Agriculture must introduce proper and effective procedures to deal with farmers’ complaints in relation to problem inspections.

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