‘Housing Adaptation Grant falls short of meeting housing needs of older people’, says ALONE

ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, has today said that the €75 million announced by the Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien for the Housing Adaptation Grants falls short of the required investment needed to support older people to make their homes age-friendly. According to a survey report published in June 2018 under the Healthy […]

Government ‘REPS’ pilot scheme must deliver real money to farmers – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the ‘REPS’ pilot results-based scheme proposed by the Department of Agriculture based on the much-hyped commitment in the Programme for Government needs to deliver real money to farmers. The IFA President led a delegation including National Rural Development Chair Michael Biggins and National Hill Chairman Flor McCarthy to meet Minister for […]

Niall Breslin launches ‘Marathon Mind’ exclusively available on Spotify Where Is My Mind? Podcast

Today, Monday, March 1st, Niall Breslin launches a unique and ambitious project on the Where Is My Mind? podcast that will document the journey of four individuals as they train for one of the most testing of all endurance events, a Marathon. In 2021, Niall, alongside a team of passionate professionals, will be coaching, training […]

Motor Industry Low Risk High Value For Re-Opening

New car registrations for February were up 6.93% (13,834) when compared to February 2020 (12,937). Registrations year to date are down 10.6% (38,986) on the same period last year (43,587). Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are up 53.05% (3,315) compared to February last year (2,166) and year to date are up 6.73% (8,339). HGV (Heavy Goods […]

Junior Eurovision is back! Applications are now open for 2021

Do you have a great singing voice? Are you between the ages of 9 and 14 years? This is your chance! Pic: Anna Kearney Adare Productions are putting a call out for talented young singers who will be aged between 9 and 14 years this Autumn. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for […]

TG4 documentary on a rebranding mission to give Peig the mother of all make overs

“Seanabhean is ea mise anois go bhfuil cos léi insan uaigh is an chos eile ar a bruach” a quote that fills many with fear. Peig Sayers – widely considered to be the most hated woman in Irish history has tormented young students across Ireland for decades with her memoir ‘Peig’. Described as boring, unrelenting, […]

Bank of Ireland Closure of Branches a Slap in the Face for Rural Ireland – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said today’s announcement from Bank of Ireland is very disappointing news for farming and rural communities. “This comes as a slap in the face to farmers and rural communities who rely on local branches for banking services. We estimate that over 80% of the branches identified for closure are in rural […]

Macra na Feirme welcomes 20 additional Teagasc teaching positions

Macra na Feirme welcomes the recent announcement that the Department of Agriculture, have secured approval for 20 additional full time 2-year contract teaching posts for Teagasc to support Green Certificate education. “Education of young farmers is one of the reasons Ireland is a world leader in agriculture. The ongoing dedication to agricultural education by the […]

Proposed Microgeneration Scheme a Missed Opportunity

IFA Environment Chairman Paul O’Brien said the barriers to farm based microgeneration must be removed from the proposed Microgeneration Support Scheme (MSS). “The scheme as currently proposed won’t work. The scope needs to be widened,” he said. IFA has made a detailed submission in response to the request for consultation on the proposed new scheme.  […]

Additional resources to meet demand for Green Cert Courses – Teagasc Virtual College Open Days

Teagasc welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., giving approval for the recruitment of 20 fixed term education staff to meet exceptional demand for Teagasc Green Cert courses. Commenting on the Minister’s announcement, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle, said: “The provision of 20 additional staff will […]

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