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ICMSA react to Taoiseach’s Statement – “Farmers already operate on co-operation, meitheal and the betterment of all the community”


The President of ICMSA said that the Taoiseach’s statement was accepted and would be accorded with by his own association and, he had no doubt, all other organisations, companies and individuals within the farming and wider agri-food sector. Pat McCormack said that farmers were completely at home with, and operated…

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ICMSA meet Sinn Fein on Farming and Rural Issues.


The President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack said that they had a “constructive and detailed meeting” with Sinn Fein yesterday on farming and rural issues with the farm organisation setting out what it felt to be the key issues requiring attention now and in coming years. “The challenges facing the…

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Milk Policy

CSO Agriculture Income Figures highlight pressures on farmers


The President of ICMSA has noted the significance of the fact that despite Irish farmers managing to produce 3.3% more in volume terms in 2019, they received 0.7% less in value terms for their efforts, Mr. Pat McCormack said that that fact alone highlights the ongoing pressures on farmers attempting…

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ICMSA President

ICMSA urge incoming Government to copy French and Spanish laws banning ‘below-cost’ retailing of food


The President of ICMSA has urged any incoming Irish Government to ‘catch the tide of opinion and fairness’ and make illegal retail practices that result in farmers selling their produce at a loss.  Pat McCormack cited the example of Spain, which just days ago introduced a law that has prohibited the…

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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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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 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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Milk Policy

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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