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ICMSA say Budget 2022 “falls short of the challenge and the opportunity”

2021-10-12

The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, said that farmers would look in vain to Budget 2022 for any signal that the Government understood the scale of the challenge that it is putting before the State’s farm families.   Mr. McCormack said that “yet again” there was a gross mismatch between the…

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Farm Leader questions premise and eligibility of State Sector Covid Bonus

2021-10-01

The President of the state’s specialist dairy farmer organisation has said that self-employed people and people working in the private sector are looking on with “bemusement” as state employees who sat at home from Day One of the pandemic now loudly proclaim their own ‘sacrifices’ and jostle for their place…

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ICMSA say UN Food Summit “won’t even address the core problem – let alone solve it”

2021-09-21

  Speaking days before Minister McConalogue represents Ireland at the U.N. Food Systems Summit, the President of ICMSA has said that the possibility of anything meaningful emerging from the conference was “virtually nil”.   Mr. Pat McCormack said that until the dominant role of multinational retail corporations in global food systems…

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Oireachtas Committee told that Nitrate proposals need revision to reflect practical realities of farming

2021-09-15

     The Oireachtas Committee of Agriculture and Marine has been told by the President of ICMSA that significant revisions of the proposed Nitrate regulations will certainly be required around cow banding and slurry and soiled water spreading dates if the regulations are to reflect the practical realities of farming…

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Milk Policy

Ministers Told That CAP Strategic Plan Must Support Farmers Through “Historic Challenge”

2021-09-09

Speaking following a meeting with Minister McConalogue and Ministers for State Hackett and Heydon, the President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, said that critical decisions made over the coming months will essentially determine whether or not  the Irish family farm model has a future. Mr. McCormack said that farmers had a…

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EU Market Transparency Rules must tackle “margin mystery”on food prices

2021-09-08

Welcoming the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine on the signing into law of EU market transparency rules, the President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, described the move as a long overdue ‘step in the right direction’. But he stressed the success or otherwise of this initiative will…

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ICMSA say farmers “will watch carefully” to see whether upcoming supermarkets’ climate measures are to be mandatory and time-lined

2021-09-07

 Reacting to Lidl Ireland’s announcement that ‘reverse vending machines’ which will credit customers for depositing single use bottles and cans in them are to be installed in all of its Irish stores by 2023, the President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, has noted that the statement of intent comes just weeks…

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ICMSA say Nitrates Regulations “miss the balance they have to hit and must be changed”

2021-08-10

 The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, has said that while some aspects of the new Nitrates Regulations are unproblematic and will progress issues, several aspects are “unnecessarily harsh” and seem aimed at that group of dairy, livestock and tillage farmers who “backbone our food exports and rural economy”.   Mr.…

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ICMSA describe An Taisce decision as “regrettable” and “agency over-reach”

2021-08-09

The President of ICMSA has described the decision by An Taisce to seek leave to appeal the High Court ruling on the proposed Belview plant to the Supreme Court as regrettable and as clear-cut a case of agency overreach as it would be possible to imagine. Pat McCormack said that…

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Improvements In Water Quality Need To Be Acknowledged. – ICMSA.

2021-07-14

Commenting on the release of the EPA 2020 Water Quality Report, the President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack said, that while challenges remain in relation to water quality, it is important that the improvements in water quality are acknowledged and recognition given to the various initiatives being taken at individual…

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