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


 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”


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.


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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Boost for milk suppliers as ICMSA predict another rise in price.


Speaking in advance of milk price announcements for June supplies the Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee said that the organisation believes that there is scope for at least a single cent per litre increase in base price from most Co-ops. But Ger Quain said there “must be more” from those…

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ICMSA’s McCormack attacks “deafening silence” on food inflation consequences of Climate Change policy


ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, has attacked what he called the “deafening silence” that has Government figures unwilling to note the certainty of food price inflation returning as climate change measures take effect  Mr. McCormack said that farmers would have noted the comments of various Government spokespersons around recent climate related…

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ICMSA point out that CAP was “never envisaged or designed” to lower emissions


Commenting on the EU Auditors’ report regarding CAP and climate emissions, the President of ICMSA,  Pat McCormack, said that those expressing shock and horror at the failure of CAP spending to lower agri-emissions obviously misunderstood the purpose and function of CAP. “If it wasn’t so serious, this kind of fundamental…

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Absence of recognition for farming in Climate Action Bill “grossly irresponsible and reckless” say ICMSA.


  The President of ICMSA has written to TDs expressing the association’s deep concerns in relation to the proposed Climate Action Bill and its potential impact on the Irish agriculture sector.   Pat McCormack explained that as the farm organisation most associated with Ireland’s unique family farm model, the organisation is…

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Current Government Policies A Threat To Commercial Family Farming. – ICMSA.


Speaking following a meeting with An Taoiseach, An Tanaiste, the Minister for Climate, Environment and Communications and the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine, the President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack said, that he is deeply concerned with the direction of current Government policy that represents a clear threat to…

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Farm Background

ICMSA say “impossible to work out logic” of removing dairying from TAMS


The President of ICMSA has said that he is alarmed and deeply concerned that the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine has not included dairy related investments in its proposals for farm investment grants under CAP Post 2020. Pat McCormack called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine to…

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