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McConalogue told farmers “waiting impatiently” for promised changes to Nitrates Regulations


The President of ICMSA has called on Minister McConalogue to conform that changes to the Nitrates Regulations on which he (the Minister) had made commitments will be delivered “without delay”.” We are almost two months into 2024 and, bluntly, the time is long past for the Minister for Agriculture, Food…

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ICMSA set out “essentials” for independence of Agriculture Appeals Review Panel


Speaking in advance of addressing the Joint Committee for Agriculture, Food and Marine on the draft Bill to establish the Review Panel for Agriculture Appeals, ICMSA President Denis Drennan said that the independence of the Review Panel will be essential and that certain conditions were necessary if that independence was…

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Presentation of 2023 John Feely Scholarship


The four winners of the 2023 John Feely Foundation Scholarships were presented with their individual cheques for €1500 at a reception held on 6 Feb in ICMSA’s Limerick Head Office, John Feely House, also named for the hugely influential early leader of the organisation.  From left, Michael Tully of Fivealley,…

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ICMSA say Irish processors “bumping along the bottom” of Milk Price League


Noting that the start of a new year is always a good time to evaluate how Irish operations compare internationally, the Chairperson of the ICMSA Dairy Committee Chairperson, Noel Murphy, has pointed out that Irish milk prices were “downright poor” by comparison with our counterparts for 2023.   According to the…

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ICMSA President says last minute scramble to get Mercosur done will “end forever” EU credibility on global warming.


  The President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan, has reacted to media reports of a last-minute scramble on the part of the outgoing EU Commission to conclude a Mercosur Agreement by warning that any such deal will “end forever” the right of the EU to comment or develop policy in relation…

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ICMSA say “absurd and disappointing” exclusion of farmers from input to ‘Ten-Point Action Plan For Dairy Calf to Beef’.


Commenting on the publication of a Ten-Point Action Plan to support Dairy Calf to Beef systems, the President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan said that while the plan has merit, it’s potential was hugely undercut by the complete lack of any consultation with the very farmers who would be those supposed…

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ICMSA say ‘credit due’ ministers and their officials on reversal of Chinese ban on Irish beef.


The President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan, has warmly welcomed the announcement and said that credit was due to the ministers and their officials for convincing the Chinese to overturn a ban that Mr. Drennan said was always “unnecessary”. Mr. Drennan said that taken together with the recent uptick in beef…

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ICMSA say suggested lifting of Dublin Airport passenger cap without reference to related emissions increase is “surreal”.


The President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan, has said that farmers and the state’s multi-billion Euro dairy processing sector will be “watching like hawks” the Government’s response to what he called the “obviously lavishly funded PR campaign” to get the passenger cap on Dublin Airport raised from 30 million to 40…

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ICMSA calling on Co-ops to pay 39cpl for milk supplied in December.


 The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee, Noel Murphy, has said that Co-ops “can and should” be paying 39cpl for milk supplied to them in December. While he noted that the volumes produced in December were traditionally low, Mr. Murphy said that there was little doubt that the 2023 production was…

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ICMSA welcome stress on Food Security as Belgium assume EU Presidency


As Belgium assumes the EU Presidency till June 23 of this year, ICMSA has welcomed that state’s announcement that food security will take ‘centre stage’ in their direction of food and agricultural policy. Noting that the work program announced by Belgium stressed a commitment to reducing the EU’s dependency on…

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