Rental Strategy Leaves Low-to-Moderate Income Earners Out In The Cold

Three national housing associations have come together to call on the Housing Minister Simon Coveney T.D. to deliver on his promise to establish a pilot affordable rental scheme.   The associations welcome much of the government’s rental strategy and in particular the plan to reduce rent increases in the private rented sector; to increase security of […]

Minister Must Reject EU-Mercosur Offer At Farm Council Meeting – IFA

IFA National Chairman, Jer Bergin, has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to reject outright the draft offer from the EU for increased imports from the Mercosur countries.   He said, “At the EU Farm Council meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, Minister Coveney must reject outright any exchange of offers. He must make […]

Minister Coveney Believes He Has No Role To Play In Beef Price Competition

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 […]

Minister Coveney Must Insist Beef Factories Honour Beef Forum

In what he described as a very tough and frank Beef Forum meeting, IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney made it very clear to the meat factories at this week’s meeting that there can be no duel base pricing for steers or heifers in individual processing plants by […]

IFA Calls To Secure Commission Review of Dairy Intervention Prices

Speaking at the Teagasc Open Day on dairying in Moorepark today (Wed), IFA President Eddie Downey called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to ensure that the EU Commission fulfils its obligations by reviewing dairy intervention prices.   “The pressure on milk prices has been intensifying in recent weeks, and they have been falling […]

Farmers Expect Minister Coveney To Honour His Commitment On Farmers’ Charter

IFA Deputy President Tim O Leary said farmers expect the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to honour his commitment on finalising a new Charter of Rights for farmers.   He said farmers were promised a new Charter to coincide with the implementation of the new CAP, which commenced on Jan 1st 2015. “Farmers are extremely frustrated […]

First Irish Micro Brewery Economic Impact Report Launched

A market showing growth of over 45% for 2014   Minister Coveney joins Ireland’s leading craft brewers and industry influencers to launch the first official development and economic impact report on microbreweries in Ireland. The report was commissioned by the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI), an association set up earlier this year in response […]

Minister Must Secure 70% Single Farm Payment Advance as Impact of Weather DEEPENS – IFA

IFA President John Bryan has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to secure a 70% advance on the Single Farm Payment from October 16ththis year, in response to the deteriorating weather and the income difficulties on farms. “The situation is worsening every day the bad weather continues, and the losses incurred in recent […]

IFA President Holds Discussions with Minister Coveney in Brussels on Cap Reform

IFA President John Bryan will meet the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and his officials in Brussels today, as the negotiations on CAP post-2013 step up. The Minister is attending a meeting of the Farm Council.   John Bryan said the key issue for Irish farmers is securing a fully-funded CAP Budget for both Pillar […]

IFA Secures Strong Commitment From Minister Coveney on Protecting the Single Farm Payment in CAP 2013

At a meeting in Dublin this week, the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney told the IFA President John Bryan that he was making some progress to deal with Ireland’s concerns on CAP reform, and especially on securing a flexible payment model based on approximation to protect the Single Farm Payment of farmers. Minister Coveney told […]

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