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ICMSA says Ireland must insist on exemption from convergence for Pillar I payments below specified level.


The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, said that the Irish family farm model would be critically undermined under the proposed CAP deal and Ireland will have to insist that Member States are given the necessary flexibility to address country-specific issues in any final deal, if we are to avoid that…

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ICMSA’S Deputy President Lorcan McCabe comments at recent TB Forum


Commenting on developments in relation to TB, the Deputy President of ICMSA, Mr. Lorcan McCabe said, that unfortunately, the levels of TB continues to increase, more farmers are being restricted and are suffering the severe consequences of such restrictions and unless the TB Forum addresses the root causes of this…

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CAP shaping up to be “not just neutral but worse” say ICMSA’s McCormack.


The President of ICMSA has said that the imminent CAP is shaping up to be “not just neutral but worse”. Pat McCormack said that based on the most up-to-date reports we were headed towards a situation where thousands of farm families across the entire country will suffer substantial cuts to…

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ICMSA’s McCormack warns Minister McConalogue against “sacrifice” of farming in Climate Action Bill


Speaking following a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine, ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, has repeated farmer fears that hugely important elements of their sector could be sacrificed as part of the current Climate Action Bill.   Mr. McCormack told Minister McConalogue that farmers were perfectly prepared to play…

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On first anniversary of Chinese suspension of Irish beef imports, ICMSA wants an update on reopening.


As we approach the first anniversary of China’s suspension of Irish beef imports, ICMSA has requested a renewed effort towards a full reopening of that market. Des Morrison, Chairperson of the Association’s Livestock Committee, said that farmers and processors alike wanted to know how much progress had been made towards…

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ICMSA wants “Government to govern” and progress Belview cheese plant.


The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, has said that the State is fast approaching a ‘make your mind up moment’ on the question of enabling legal challenges to planning decisions that have already progressed “tortuously” through the planning process. “The further court appeal against the Glanbia proposal at Belview is…

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ICMSA say 8,000 applicants for Dairy Beef Calf scheme shows scope for dairy-beef integration.


 The release of details around the Dairy Beef Calf programme the day after its closure shows that in excess of 8,000 farmers applied for the pilot scheme.  ICMSA, who had proposed a more comprehensive scheme, have welcomed the outcome and the Chairperson of their Livestock Committee, Des Morrison, said the organisation’s…

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ICMSA announce Interactive Milk Price Tracker that allows individual comparisons – “Farmers will be able to see exactly what they would have been paid by every processor in Ireland for their individual milk supply”


ICMSA has today launched the first ‘interactive’ monthly milk price comparison tool that will allow dairy farmers to input their individual milk volumes, constituents and quality results and see – at the touch of a button – what they would have been paid for the same supply by every other…

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French move closer to incorporating input costs into food price by law


 The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, has welcomed further developments in France where the debate on incorporating the cost of inputs into the prices received by farmers and primary producers has moved forward again with the proposal of a law by a member of the French Parliament.   Mr. Gregory Besson-Moreau…

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Lack of competition in banking sector shows “lack of energy and commitment” at official level


Reacting to the announcement that KBC Bank is to end its operation in Ireland as an independent force at retail banking level, the President of ICMSA said that something was obviously very amiss in the area of retail banking in Ireland and Pat McCormack said that the only thing more…

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