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ICMSA say Brexit agreement must result in “energy, determination and positivity” being brought back to our farming and food


The President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack, has said that the Brexit Agreement reached between the EU and UK has to be welcomed and the challenge now must to get this deal approved by the House of Commons and allow a new atmosphere of certainty and positivity to replace the…

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ICMSA Propose Scheme for Sustainable Beef Production


Commenting on the possibility of Government support for farmers rearing animals from the dairy herd for beef, the President of ICMSA said that his organisation would welcome this support: “Over 50% of all the beef in the country originates in the dairy herd and it is a sector that requires…

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ICMSA say farmers will be “profoundly disappointed” with Budget 2020


The President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack said that Budget 2020 would come as a profound disappointment to farmers in general and stated that there was no sense of urgency being communicated around the threat facing Irish farming at this time. He said that the Government has simply washed its…

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ICMSA President says we need threatened US tariffs “like a hole-in-the-head”


Commenting following the announcement that the US is set to impose tariffs on a range of Irish food products including butter, cheese, dairy-based liqueurs and pork, the President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, said that the imposition of tariffs at any time would be a matter of regret requiring a degree…

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ICMSA Local Meetings 7th to 10th October 2019


  ICMSA Bantry Area AGM Venue:   The Maritime Hotel, Bantry.  Date & Time:   Monday 7 October 2019 at 8.30pm The Meeting will be addressed by Paul Smyth ICMSA Policy Officer Queries: Barry O’Keeffe Area Development Officer 087-1622049. ________________________________ ICMSA Ballyjamesduff Area AGM Venue:  The Crover House Hotel, Lough…

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Milk Price Movements Need To Reflect Marketplace – ICMSA.


The rally evident in the latest spot prices have been cited by ICMSA Dairy Committee Chairperson, Mr. Gerald Quain as further evidence of what he called the price “sleight-of-hand” that was employed by the processors and Co-ops in setting their price for August milk.   Mr. Quain said that it was…

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ICMSA question Restaurants Association Chief’s comments on beef dispute – “The crisis could have been avoided if his sector had looked back over their shoulder to check whether the farmers producing the food were paid for it”


The President of ICMSA has thanked the Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association, Adrian Cummins, for his contribution to the ongoing beef crisis debate and said that there could be no doubting Mr. Cummins’ sincerity and knowledge of the situation in the restaurants that he represented. It was indeed absolutely…

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On the eve of the Ploughing a survey shows “collapse” in farmer confidence


Commenting on the Irish Examiner-ICMSA survey results published in today’s edition of that paper showing a “collapse” in farmer confidence, the President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, said that findings reflected the unprecedented stress and pressures that were bearing down on the state’s farming sector.  The survey showed that the percentage…

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“More important than ever” that BPS and ANC payments dates are met this year


Following the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine regarding payment dates for the BPS and ANC this coming Autumn, the Deputy President of ICMSA said that the key issue for farmers at this stage is that all farmers receive their payment on time and, in this regard,…

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ICMSA say “Window of Opportunity” for talks to resolve beef crisis


The President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack has said that a “window of opportunity” in relation to the beef crisis may have opened up that might allow progress to be made towards a solution that “everyone wants and needs”.  Mr. McCormack said that talks should be reconvened as soon as…

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