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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said it is incredible that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney believes he has no role to play and ‘cannot get involved in’ the proposed investment by ABP in Slaney Meats and the lack of competition in the beef sector. Henry Burns said the Competition and Consumer Protection Authority has told IFA that there is nothing stopping Minister Coveney from having a view on the proposed merger and making a submission to the Authority on the matter.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said that the proposed changes to various aspects of the EU Rural Development regulations announced by Commissioner Hogan this week must be seized upon by Minster Coveney to ensure that the RDP can be fully maximised in the seven-year period of the plan.

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Speaking from Brussels where he attended a COPA milk meeting, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary this week said that, according to our European farming colleagues, a number of other Member States have already paid, and some opted to match, the EU targeted aid for dairy and pig farmers. Sean O’Leary urged Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to do the same urgently.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has demanded that Minister Coveney immediately addresses the approvals for TAMS II grant scheme for those farmers who want to urgently proceed to carry out critical investment on their farms.

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IFA President Eddie Downey led a delegation on sheep including National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey in a high level meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney in Dublin this week.

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