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ICMSA calls on knackeries to resume collections and ‘simultaneous’ negotiations to open with Department


Commenting on the current dispute between the Fallen Animal Collectors Association and the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, the Deputy President of ICMSA, Lorcan McCabe, called on both parties to immediately engage in talks to resolve the issues between them and simultaneously the fallen animal collectors to resume their…

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Decades of River Mismanagement Responsible for Current Flooding. – ICMSA.


  The current flooding of houses, farm yards and farmland should come as no surprise to anyone and is as a result of decades of mismanagement of our river systems and it is totally unacceptable that families have to endure such mental and financial hardship according to Mr. Pat McCormack,…

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ICMSA Committee want approval process for Calf Investment Scheme ‘speeded-up’


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Farm and Rural Affair Committee has called on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to speed-up the approval process for the heavily oversubscribed Calf Investment Scheme. Denis Drennan noted that many of the farmers who purchased equipment are now waiting for their approval, unaware…

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ICMSA increase pressure on Minister to intervene in Fallen Animal Collection Dispute


ICMSA has increased the pressure on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to immediately intervene in the current fallen animal collection service dispute that is causing serious concern to all livestock farmers. If implemented, the proposed new fee structure that has been announced by the Department will see…

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MSA’s Morrison wants changes to ‘fail-one, fail-all’ rule on ‘in-spec’ bonuses


The Enniscrone farmer who serves as Chairperson of ICMSA’s Livestock Committee said that while his organisation’s objection to the Grid were well know and of long-standing, he accepted that a review would have to take some time if it was to get to the depth required. But Des Morrison insisted…

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ICMSA Present 2019 John Feely Scholarships


The four recipients of the 2019 John Feely Scholarships were hosted at their Limerick head office today by ICMSA and the individual cheques for €1500 were presented to the successful young applicants by the association’s President, Pat McCormack. Mr. McCormack said the standard of the applicants overall was very encouraging…

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ICMSA’s McCormack says “politically uncertain situation” will be used against us in CAP row


The President of ICMSA has said that it is “naïve” to think that our present politically uncertain situation is not affecting our ability to influence the CAP negotiations and he warned that others will use that vacuum against the interests of Irish farming. Pat McCormack said that while farmers did…

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ICMSA’s Pat McCormack and John Enright with Vice President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness, in Brussels today as the CAP negotiations continue.

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ICMSA say farmers will be “watching like hawks” Irish performance at Thursday CAP talks as possibility of another General Election looms


  The President of ICMSA has said that farmers will be “watching like hawks” the degree of determination and strategy that Leo Varadkar will bring to his attendance at Thursday’s crucial CAP 2020 -2027 Budget talks. Pat McCormack said that the Irish negotiators – including the Taoiseach – must bring…

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ICMSA meet FF’s Micheal Martin and repeat conviction that “practical, progressive and fair” solutions are available for sustainable Irish farming


ICMSA had a meeting with Micheal Martin, the Fianna Fail Leader, in Limerick today giving ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, the opportunity to repeat his association’s mantra that there are “do-able, practical, fair and progressive” solutions possible to the challenges besetting Irish farming.  Mr. McCormack said that from ‘Day One’ of the…

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