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Following a meeting with Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) Heather Humphreys last week, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the commitment from the Minister that her Department is treating the review of the criteria for issuing work permits for farm workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) as a matter of urgency.

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IFA President Joe Healy has said the findings of a report published today by Minister Heather Humphreys, examining the impact of Brexit on Ireland’s trade and economy, are very stark for farming and food in Ireland.

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IFA SAC Project Chairman Padraic Joyce has said that the Minister for Heritage, Heather Humphreys must ensure the commitment given by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to review previous agreements on the designation of land is meaningful and backed up with funding in the upcoming Budget, with the re-opening of the NPWS Farm Plan Scheme.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has strongly criticised Fianna Fáil’s proposal to introduce changes in the Heritage Bill, which will restrict the cutting of hedgerows, exclusively to roadside hedges.

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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the publication of the Action Plan for Rural Development by the Government, saying it must be resourced with sufficient funding that can arrest the decline of rural areas, particularly those areas that are peripheral.

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