THE IFA has appointed a Rural Crime Prevention Executive to support the development of IFA crime prevention policy and the roll out of Theft Stop, a joint initiative with An Garda Siochana. The appointment, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, is a very clear demonstration of IFA’s commitment to tackling the issue of rural crime. Colin Connolly is a native of County Kildare and former member of
IFA accuses competition and consumer protection commission of protecting big business at expense of farmers
AT a protest by the IFA Executive Council outside the offices of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Dublin, IFA President Eddie Downey said the intervention by the Commission in the beef dispute has greatly angered farmers and convinced them that the Commission is only interested in protecting big business that are denying farmers a fair return from the market.
IFA President Eddie Downey said the strong turnout of thousands of farmers at meat plants around the country in support of IFA’s 24-hour beef price protests illustrates the level of anger over the massive €350 per head cattle price gap that has now opened up with our main export market in the UK.
IFA President Eddie Downey and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan have launched a new farm theft prevention initiative “Theft Stop”. The service provides farmers with a unique security ID, linked to their IFA membership number, to mark machines and equipment.
IFA Hill Committee Chairman Pat Dunne has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney that the Department will hold a series of five information meetings to clarify his new commonage rules and explain the implications for farmers.
IFA Deputy President and Countryside Chairman Tim O’Leary has welcomed Communications Minister Alex White’s recent comments that the delivery of high speed broadband to all parts of Ireland is a top priority for Government.
ON the campaign trail in West Cork, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin told farmers at Bandon Mart that a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on the Stability Treaty will help secure the future of Irish farming and maintain our strong relationship with Europe in the lead up to CAP negotiations.
FARMERS in West Cork and across the country saw their incomes rise by 27 per cent in 2011 according to figures released by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). The average farm income was €21,500 compared to the national average wage of €32,000 though the IFA figures also include part-time farmers who often have other forms of income. More than 70 per cent of farmer’s incomes came from direct payments with