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Following a meeting with Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald this week, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the commitment from the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald to review the criteria for issuing work permits for farm workers from outside the EEA (European Economic Area).

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IFA today secured a commitment from the Department of Transport that there will be full negotiation with the IFA and other key stakeholders ahead of the implementation of any aspects of a roadworthiness test for tractors.

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In response to the draft communication from EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, on the reform of the CAP Post 2020, IFA President Joe Healy has said an increased CAP budget is essential to ensure that the future CAP is effective and fit for purpose.

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A new European Parliament report shows clearly what is at stake for Ireland’s agri-food sector in the Brexit negotiations. The report says Ireland is likely to be the most negatively impacted country within the EU and deserves particular attention during the Brexit process.

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Following today’s vote on glyphosate in the European Parliament, IFA President Joe Healy said Ireland and other member states have to stand up and support Commissioner Andriukaitis, DG Sante, who came out strongly last week in a speech expressing his frustration at the system and the power of so-called ‘Google Professors’. He fully supports a 10 year licence renewal for glyphosate.

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