Autumn 2017 Economic Forecast: Continued Growth In A Changing Policy Context

According to its Autumn Forecast, the European Commission expects growth to continue in both the euro area and in the EU at 2.1% in 2018 and at 1.9% in 2019 (Spring Forecast: 2018: 1.8% in the euro area, 1.9% in the EU). For Ireland, GDP growth is projected to remain robust over the forecast horizon but the […]

Interests Of Irish Farmers At Risk In Brexit Negotiations – Former EEC Campaigner Claims

Farmers, fishermen, food producers and exporters generally should pressure Government to open direct negotiations with Britain to agree post-Brexit arrangements that would be exclusively in the interests of our two countries and not leave matters to EU negotiators whose awareness of our special needs may not be as good as it should be. The suggestion […]

Young farmer exchange programme China/EU

Irish young famers will soon have the chance to visit China on study trips, while young Chinese farmers and agriculture professionals can visit Ireland and other EU countries. The project will be jointly funded by the EU and the Chinese authorities. The project was jointly announced today by Commissioner Phil Hogan and Han Changfu, Minister […]

IFA Reiterates Call For A Full Ban On Brazilian Meat

IFA President Joe Healy has reiterated his call for a full ban on Brazilian meat imports into the EU, saying the move by the EU Commission to halt only those companies implicated in the investigation is not enough.   Joe Healy said it is not credible for the EU’s policy on equivalence of standards if […]

Hogan Must Suspend Brazilian Beef And Poultry Imports Immediately – Carthy

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called for a suspension of all beef and poultry imports from Brazil and the immediate cessation of trade talks between the EU and Mercosur countries following recent shocking revelations. Matt Carthy said: “The European Commission must cease using the agricultural sector as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations. “Revelations […]

Ireland Will Leave Itself Open To €Multi Million Claims Says Harkin

It was horrifying that the government had provisionally signed up to the EU Canadian (CETA) trade deal without Dail debate, and approval.  One of the consequences of this is that it would leave Ireland open to €multi million claims from foreign investors in special courts that were not answerable to national or EU courts.   […]

Revenue Offers Some Timely Advice To Shoppers

In the busy run up to Christmas, Revenue is advising shoppers to be wary. Some deals really are just too good to be true, and what looks like an attractive offer can ultimately be an expensive or even a dangerous, mistake. The important things to remember are: Online Shopping has Tax and Duty Implications Whether […]

Harkin MEP Denounces Irish Politicians on Water Charges

Irish politicians who were trying to blame Brussels on the water charges issue in pursuit of their own agendas had no legal basis for their arguments. This charge was levelled in the European Parliament in Strasbourg by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she denounced political attempts to blame Brussels in the current controversy. Marian Harkin […]

Less than 1% of EU potatoes grown in Ireland – Eurostat

Ireland produced only 0.6% of the EU’s potatoes (in 2014) while Germany at 19.7% was the EU’s biggest potato producer, according to latest figures on the potato sector from Eurostat. In fact only 1% of arable land in Ireland is now devoted to potato growing, compared to an EU average of 1.5% and a high of […]

EU Commission: Ireland Still A Nation Of Rural Dwellers

Ireland has one of the highest shares of people (42%) living in rural areas of almost any other EU country. On average only 27% of EU citizens now live in rural areas with a low of 7% in Malta followed by 12% in the United Kingdom. 35% of Ireland’s population live in cities compared to […]

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