Land prices continue to dip in 2016

THE price of farmland has declined steadily through this year with the West of Ireland the cheapest place in the country to buy land, according to the latest price survey carried out by the...

Anger at lack of progress on grain package

FRUSTRATION is mounting among Galway’s grain farmers that little progress is being made in the establishment of a ‘rescue fund’ for growers who suffered massive losses this harvest due to the weather conditions. Two months...

Farmers ‘screwed’ by charges

FARMERS are being ‘nailed’ in terms of administrative costs for schemes such as GLAS and the Knowledge Transfer Scheme, according to independent West of Ireland TD, Michael Fitzmaurice. The Roscommon-Galway East TD has now asked...
Ger Hamilton and Pat Minogue at a Gort Mart sale earlier this month.

New three year limit on RSS must go

A NEW three year limit imposed on new contracts for RSS (Rural Social Scheme) imposed by Social Protection Minister, Leo Varadkar, needs to be reversed, according to Fianna Fáil Front bench spokesman, Éamon Ó...
Rowena Dwyer IFA Chief Economist speaking at the IFA meeting in the Lough Rea Hotel last week. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

UK/EU deal on Brexit is best option

THE best Brexit outcome for Irish agriculture will be either the UK remaining a full member of the EU Single Market or in having a comprehensive free trade with the EU, Galway farmers heard...
Maura Canning: Just a simple check.

Farm families advised to look carefully at PRSI contributions for ‘guaranteed’ pension

FARMERS and their spouses have been advised to ‘put the microscope’ on their future pension plans in relation to their PRSI contributions. As a basic ‘rule of thumb’, farmers – or their spouses paying PRSI...


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