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ICMSA say farmers expressing “serious misgivings” about having to vote ‘blind’ on what’s going to constitute ‘durable relationship’


The President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan, has said that farmers contacting him about the upcoming Referendum were expressing serious misgivings about the Government’s inability or unwillingness to present voters with a practical definition of a ‘durable relationship’.   Mr. Drennan said that all types of scenarios were easily imagined where, in…

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New Commissioner McGuinness asked to look at “extravagant” interest rates banks charging on farm loans and finance


The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, wished Mairead McGuiness well in her new role as EU Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union and said that it is absolutely essential that in her new role as Commissioner she plays her part in ensuring the best possible outcome for…

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ICMSA’s McCormack says farming and food sectors “effectively rudderless”


The President of ICMSA has said that the Irish priority now must be to retain the Trade Portfolio within the EU Commission and that could only happen if the Government nominates someone with the requisite skill-set and a record of political and negotiating achievement.   Mr. Pat McCormack said that there…

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ICMSA say “National Interest” dictates that Hogan remains Commissioner


Commenting on the calls for the resignation or sacking of EU Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan, the President of ICMSA has warned against what he called “cutting off our Brexit nose to spite our Covid face”.   Pat McCormack said that it would strategically self-defeating and self-indulgent for the Government…

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ICMSA say farmers will learn of Calleary resignation with “disbelief” and say replacement Minister must be appointed “immediately”


The President of ICMSA said that farmers will learn of Minister Calleary’s resignation with something approaching disbelief. Pat McCormack said that it was unacceptable that the state’s biggest indigenous economic activity was without cabinet representation and that must be rectified immediately. Mr McCormack said it was difficult to remember a…

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