STEPHEN CADOGAN

Europe’s gain could be a winner for Irish farmers too

Within three years of securing a Cabinet position in Dublin, Phil Hogan had introduced taxes on property and water, overseen the set up of Irish Water, and implemented the biggest reform of local government in Ireland since the formation of the state.

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Grant aid for farm safety improvements is expected

Grant aid for farm safety improvements is expected to be part of the Government’s rural development policy which will be finalised in the coming months.

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Eddie Downey

Hogan right man: Downey

IFA president Eddie Downey has welcomed the appointment of Phil Hogan as the next EU commissioner for agriculture, and said the IFA looked forward to working closely with him in shaping the future of the Common Agricultural Policy in a way that will have a positive impact on Irish and European farm families.

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Massey offers power back to the world’s smaller farmers

It’s good to see at least one of the multinational companies that bestride the world of food and farming turning its attention to the needs of smaller scale farmers.

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Gray: No commonage farmer can be refused GLAS

ICSA rural development chairman Billy Gray has insisted that no commonage farmer can be refused access to the GLAS scheme due to the decisions of other shareholders.

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Farmers need clarity on what cattle they should breed

It was farmers’ number-one concern when Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney recently met with the Irish Farmers’ Association

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Farmers should not have to pay for wider political issues

It has always rankled for farmers that agriculture seemed to be a bargaining chip for the EU, in its many unsuccessful attempts to sign major free trade deals with other economic world powers. 3

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Russian ban: EU should have been much quicker off blocks

It’s at times like this that the EU resembles a 1980s dairy co-op, with fast decision making to counter the sudden Russian food import ban rendered impossible, due mainly to conflicting parochial interests among the 28 member states.

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No option but to shoot wild heifer at Limerick mart

A wild heifer had to be shot after it escaped from its pen at a Co Limerick mart.

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Russia’s import ban isn’t all bad news for EU food sector

Russia may yet be worse affected by banning food imports from the EU, US, and others than the target countries.

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