IFA Welcomes Review Of Forestry Planting Application Process

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally has welcomed Minister Doyle’s appointment of Jim Mackinnon, former chief planner with the Scottish Government to undertake a review of the forestry planting application process. He said that the level of red tape associated with planting and managing small family forests is excessive and is a major deterrent to […]

Farmers With Ash Dieback Must Be Given Option Not To Replant – IFA

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that farmers that have been affected by the ash dieback disease must be given the option not to replant, without penalties. “Many of the farmers affected by ash dieback feel abandoned by this Government”, said Mr. Nally.  He said farmers were never been properly compensated for the financial […]

Budget 2020: Government Must Support The Sustainable Growth Of Ireland’s Agricultural Sector

Launching the IFA pre-Budget Submission – FARMING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE – in Dublin today (Wed), IFA President Joe Healy said a progressive Budget 2020, that supports Irish farmers to develop sustainably is imperative, given the immediate threats and long-term challenges facing the sector. These include; agriculture’s exposure to Brexit, Mercosur, the beef crisis, the battle to maintain […]

ITAA issue statement as heatwave returns to Europe

 The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has issued advice to Irish holidaymakers travelling to Northern Europe this week as temperatures of up to 40 degrees are forecast. The high temperatures are thought to last just a few days and are expected to affect Northern France as well as parts of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA, […]

High levels of Food Waste identified in Irish food businesses

Action to reduce food waste brings climate benefits and cuts costs – including potential savings of over €300M per year for Ireland’s hospitality sector. The EPA is hosting the 3rd Forum on Food Waste today, Wednesday 10th July, bringing together business and policy leaders from across the food supply chain. The theme of this year’s […]

Opposition to Mercosur deal from across the livestock sector in Europe

After more than 20 years of negotiations, the European Commission reached on June 28th, 2019, on behalf of the European Union, a political agreement on a comprehensive trade agreement with Mercosur. That agreement, which will facilitate the access to the European market to almost 100 000 tonnes of south-American meat, represents a threat to the […]

Sustainable and environmentally sensitive farming can be profitable with the right knowledge and information, according to LIT scientists

Agriculture can and will provide a sustainable future for farming families across the Mid West despite any challenges that may arise from the Climate Action Plan. That is according to Environmental Management lecturers from Limerick Institute of Technology’s Department of Applied Science. As Ireland’s largest indigenous industries, agri-food and fisheries collectively employs approximately 168,000 people […]

Irish Wildlife Trust calls on local authorities and members of the public to cut out herbicide use

This summer, the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is urging the local authorities and members of the public to avoid the use of harmful herbicides and weed-killers, particularly on our roadsides. The casual use of noxious chemicals in public areas seems to be commonplace across the Irish countryside and this leaves unsightly dead vegetation as well […]

Nature largely missing from the government Climate Action Plan

The Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes the publication of the government’s Climate Action Plan but is disappointed that nature – and addressing the biodiversity/extinction crisis in particular – is largely ignored. We welcome the commitment to better manage hedgerows and soils in agricultural environments as these can have associated benefits for wildlife. However, the plan largely […]

Foodie Destinations 2019 Applications Open Now!

The Restaurants Association of Ireland are delighted to announce the launch of Foodie Destinations 2019! Applications are now open and can be submitted until the 11th July at 12 noon. Foodie Destinations was launched yesterday in Kilkenny, who were the winners of Foodie Destinations in 2018. The Restaurants Association of Ireland are behind the initiative, […]

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