IFA demands action on grain income crisis

Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Speaking following an IFA grain growers protest in Foynes port in Limerick last week, IFA National Grain Chairman Liam Dunne said grain farmers are extremely angry that some traders and brokers have sourced imported barley when plentiful supplies of quality native grain are available.

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Minister Creed must ensure speedy payment of TAMS grants

Sat, Aug 13, 2016

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has insisted that Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed must ensure that farmers who are now making their claims for TAMS payment are paid speedily.

Joe Brady said delays in payments and approvals have left a very sour taste in farmers’ mouths and the Minister must now clearly demonstrate his commitment to this vitally important farm investment scheme.

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Co-ops must plan realistic price increase as market improves

Fri, Aug 12, 2016

IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary has called on all co-ops, whose boards will meet in the next two weeks to decide on the milk price, to take stock of improving market returns and acknowledge the worsening severity of the cash flow situation for a fast rising number of their dairy farmer members.

He said this should lead co-op boards who held the June milk price to build on positive market developments and plan for realistic milk price increases to return market improvements in coming months.

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IFA lamb price survey shows dramatic sixty per cent mark up by retailers

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

An IFA lamb price survey of five national supermarkets shows that retailers are charging consumers from €10 to €16/kg for the key lamb cuts, while the farmer price has fallen from €5.50/kg to as low as €4.70/kg in the last two weeks.

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Cattle price pressure not justified based on UK price increases

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said the continuing pressure on cattle prices from the factories is not justified and contrasts with the continuing lift in cattle prices in our main export market, the UK.

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Delegation meets department on clean livestock policy

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said IFA recently met with officials in the Department of Agriculture on the Clean Livestock Policy and, contrary to some reports, the Department explained to IFA that they are consulting with stakeholders with a view to renewing efforts to improve the overall situation.

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IFA urges Minister Humphreys to move Heritage Bill to conclusion

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

At a meeting with the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys, IFA President Joe Healy urged the Minister to proceed with the Heritage Bill which involves changes to the hedge-cutting and gorse burning dates.

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Sleep, relax and refresh yourself at the Athlone Springs Hotel

Mon, May 23, 2016

Modern and elegant with 68 spacious bedrooms, this 4 star hotel is among the best in Athlone.

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Minister accused of abandoning flood-hit farmers

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has been accused of having a ‘complete lack of empathy’ for farmers who suffered significant crop damage as a result of the winter floods.

Parts of South Galway have been under water for months and Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Galway East Cllr Anne Rabbitte is unhappy that there is no compensation available for the affected farmers. “Since the closing date for applications to Flood Damage Relief Measure scheme, I have had a lot of farmers contacting my office to enquire if the scheme covers damage to crops. I have since been informed by our spokesperson on community affairs Bobby Aylward that crop losses are not eligible under any of the schemes the Department rolled out following the shocking floods this winter. This is an unbelievable situation.”

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It heartens me to see to many people out running, says legend Sonia ahead of Galway visit

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Sonia O’Sullivan will headline an event in the Salthill Hotel next Wednesday as part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of Irish Schools Athletics.

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Clayton Hotel Galway crowned overall winners of Hotel Venue of the Year Connacht at prestigious wedding awards

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Clayton Hotel Galway have firmly secured the position of being the leading wedding venue in the West of Ireland. This week for the second year in a row they scooped the highly contested overall title of ‘Hotel Venue of the Year Connacht 2016’ at the prestigious weddingsonline Awards.

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Election is a critical one for the future of the country

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

General Election 2016 comes at a critical moment for Ireland. Decisions made in the next Dáil will have major impacts on Irish people and shape the future for a considerable time to come.

Whether or not the decisions of the next Government produce a just and sustainable future depends on those elected to the 32nd Dáil. They will decide the priorities to guide policy and shape Budget decisions each year.

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End discrimination against the self employed, says Davoren

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Galway West/South Mayo RENUA Ireland candidate Nicola Daveron believes that a healthy state values and assists those who create jobs and wealth.

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Friday’s vote vital for continuewwd investment in Galway – Kyne

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Fine Gael TD and General Election candidate, Seán Kyne has stressed the need for continued investment in Galway and the importance of sending representatives to Dublin who are willing and able to fight to secure such investment.

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Oughterard’s award-winning school holds open day

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Oughterard’s National School is holding its yearly open day for new pupils on Sunday (2pm to 4pm).

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