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Positive vibe as farmer Creed takes hot seat

Francis Farragher

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Minister Michael Creed

THE fact that the new Minister for Agriculture – Cork’s Michael Creed – comes from a farming background of medium size is a good start for West of Ireland farmers, according to Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy.

The Galway Chairman said that Michael Creed’s background as a medium sized dairy farmer [c. 50 cows] and his involvement with Macra at local level, was ‘very positive’.

“His background and work as a farmer should certainly be a big help in terms of Michael Creed tuning into the needs and problems of farmers across the country at present.

“We expect him to a very hands-on approach given his background in farming and there are many, many issues that need to be tackled as a matter of urgency,” said Pat Murphy. Among those issues he said were:

■ The introduction of a realistic intervention price [at least 25c/l] for milk to support the current depressed market.

■ A major push to consolidate and expand the current live export outlet for Irish cattle to increase completion for the factories.

■ Steps to be put in place to ensure that a growing monopoly situation in the meat processing sector is challenged.

■ The reintroduction of measures including the ewe payment to ensure that the sheep sector not only survives but thrives.

■ The undoing of cuts that were put in place during the financial crash and took money out of the poorest farming sector.

■ A ‘yellow card’ advisory system to be put in place as regards farm inspections with farmers given a chance to rectify any problems.

■ Far greater clarity and flexibility to be put in place as regards land eligibility issues that have caused ongoing problems over recent years.

“The Minister is only in the job for a few days but we look forward to working with him for the common good of Irish farmers.

“At the end of the day on this, we really are all on the one side. We have common and realistic goals that we want to achieve by working together,” said Pat Murphy.

Already new IFA President, Joe Healy, has called on Minister Creed to include the €50 million earmarked in the Programme for Government to be divided equally between a new sheep scheme and an increase in the ANC (areas of natural constraint) payments.

Michael Creed (52) is from Macroom, Co. Cork and was first elected as a TD back in 1989, He had been Fine Gael spokesperson for Agriculture but after supporting Richard Bruton in the leadership heave against Enda Kenny in 2010, Creed was ‘left out in the cold’ in the ministerial call-up of 2011.

 

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Locals thanked for demo backing

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Anne Mitchell: Great local support.

GALWAY IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, has thanked the people of Athenry and surrounding areas for their support during Friday’s Action Day protest.

She told the Farming Tribune that the demonstration was planned to cause ‘absolute minimal disruption’ to the people, schools and businesses of the town as well as being conscious of Covid restrictions.

“We really didn’t want anyone on the streets because of the Covid situation and we also advised that where there was more than one person in a vehicle, and not from the same household, that they would wear masks,” said Anne Mitchell.

She said that they were also acutely aware of the fact that the Leaving Cert examinations were going on in schools around the town which dictated their decision to stage the protest between 11am and 12 noon.

However, one concerned parent who contacted this newspaper, said that the honking of horns could be heard by those who were doing their Leaving Cert geography exam on Friday.

“While I do understand the reasons behind the protest, I just think that the honking of horns should have been left out it, while an exam was in progress,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Athenry’s action day a wake-up call for the West

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The tractorcade is ready to roll in Athenry on Friday in the IFA protest over farm viability and the Climate Action Bill.

AN estimated ‘200 plus’ tractors, cars and jeeps took part in Friday’s IFA ‘Action Day’ protest in Athenry aimed at highlighting major problems coming down the track with the ‘new CAP’ and the Climate Action Bill.

Connacht IFA Chairperson, Pat Murphy, said that they were delighted with the turnout and also with the positive reception they received from the people of Athenry.

“If farming and agriculture go to the wall in rural Ireland it will sound the death-knell for our provincial and villages too.

“We really do need our politicians to wake up to the fact that decisions made over the coming weeks or months could decide the future of rural Ireland as we know it,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that an agenda being driven by the Green Party to drastically reduce the numbers of suckler cows, dairy cows and cattle across Ireland would have a catastrophic impact on Irish agriculture, unless amendments were made to the Climate Action Bill.

“If Irish farmers are prevented in producing the food that’s accepted as being probably the most environmentally friendly and traceable product across the world, then that gap will be filled by countries like Brazil where rain forests are being cut down every single day of the year,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that the negotiations on CAP coming up at the end of this month would also have huge implications for farming and especially so in the West of Ireland where farms were so dependent on direct payments.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Minister outlines ‘tough road ahead’

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Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue

A CRITICAL part of the eventual CAP deal for farmers will rest with the flexibility of the Irish Government to make its own decisions on where the money will be allocated, Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, told the Farming Tribune last week.

During a whistle-stop tour of a number of agri-related projects in Galway last Thursday, Minister McConalogue said that as things stood, the major stumbling block to an agreement was the European Parliament.

“There are really two aspects of this deal which will be of vital importance to Irish farmers over the coming years – the flexibility to make our own decisions and the percentage of the funding to be spent on ECO schemes,” said Charlie McConalogue.

He said that while some progress had been made at the end of last month’s Trilogue negotiations [EU Commission, Council and European Parliament], it had not been possible to reach an agreement.

“As things stand, what’s blocking a final agreement is the European Parliament part of that Trilogue. We are trying to reach compromises on the issue of convergence, and the ECO scheme element of the payments, but this hasn’t been possible with the parliament so far,” said the Minister.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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