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With the final 15% GLAS payment now due to commence IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has called on Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to make payment worth nearly €30m to all 49,000 farmers in the scheme without any delay.

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IFA Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the decision by the Court of Appeal to reject a claim that a public right of way existed over a landowner’s property in Co. Wicklow.

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IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to extend the Fodder Import Support Measure and Fodder Transport Scheme as there are still many areas where grass has yet to begin growing and where there is still a need for fodder.

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Reacting to the EU Commission’s proposals on the next EU Budget, IFA President Joe Healy said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has a big political challenge on his hands, and an increased CAP Budget for Irish farmers has to be a red line issue for him in the negotiations.

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IFA President Joe Healy has impressed on Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring the need to increase the number of walks covered by the Walks Scheme from 40 to 80, and to increase the funding from €2m to €4m.

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