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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Enterprise, Business and Innovation Heather Humphreys of a pilot labour permit scheme for the agriculture sector as a positive first step.

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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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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 National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said the Stakeholder Working Group to be established by Teagasc has a very important mission in promoting dairy farming as an attractive source of employment and indeed an opportunity for a successful career in a dynamic sector.

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IFA has called for employment permits to be made available to farm workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to meet labour and skills shortages on Irish farms.

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