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IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on the Department of Transport to rethink its approach to the development of the proposed Dublin to Galway Greenway and to put farmers’ concerns at the centre of any future development.

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The Action Plan for Rural Development must translate to delivery, writes Thomas Cooney, IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman.

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Urgent action and a whole-Government response is required to grow and sustain a viable rural economy, IFA President Joe Healy said today during a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Rural Affairs.

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IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Thomas Cooney has described proposals to increase Garda numbers and expenditure on rural broadband, and the extension of the home renovation incentive, start your own business relief and capital allowances for energy efficient equipment to sole traders including farmers, as “important measures for rural Ireland which must be supported by real action on the ground.”

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IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Thomas Cooney has wished the new Rural Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys well in her new role. He has also called on her to rural proof all decisions taken by Government over the coming years.

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