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PROCESSORS FLEECING SHEEP FARMERS OF €1 MILLION PER WEEK

ICSA Sheep chair Sean McNamara has slammed meat factories for taking over €4 million out of sheep farmers pockets over the last number of weeks. “Lamb prices have been pulled sharply again and again in recent weeks; we’re now back €1/kg compared to where we were in...

ICSA ON 25% TARGET: GOVERNMENT MUST LOOK FOR BLANKET BAN ON MEAT IMPORTS FROM OUTSIDE THE EU

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said that the government must now insist on a complete blanket ban at EU level on meat imports from outside the EU given the incredible stress farmers have been put under in recent weeks. “Farmers have been made to feel that the high...

“WE’RE BACKING DOWN” – ICSA WELCOMES AIB U-TURN

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has welcomed AIB’s U-turn on turning 70 of its bank branches into non-functioning, cashless white elephants, saying that it is one small but important victory for ordinary people. “The announcement by AIB earlier this week that they were...

ICSA ANGERERED BY RELENTLESS DISMANTLING OF RURAL BANKING SERVICES

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said AIB are showing complete disrespect for their customers by announcing that cash, ATM, and cheque services are to be removed from a further seventy of its branches. “Bank branches in rural Ireland have become few and far between...

ICSA PRESIDENT CALLS ON FINE GAEL AND FIANNA FAIL TO STAND UP TO MINISTER RYAN ON EMISSIONS REDUCTION TARGET

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has criticised comments made by Minister Eamon Ryan regarding setting an emissions reduction target of 30% for the agriculture sector and cutting the national herd. “Mr Ryan’s comments are outrageous given that we know what a 30% target...

SHEEP FARMERS FURIOUS AT UNJUSTIFIED PRICE CUTS FOR NEXT WEEK

ICSA Sheep chair Sean McNamara has criticised factories for hammering farmers with massive price cuts for next week. “Again, we are seeing these hugely profitable meat processors inflicting serious hardship on their suppliers with savage price cuts. Farmers need every...

ICSA – FRUSTRATED AT NEW ACRES SCHEME AS MANY FARMERS WILL STRUGGLE TO GET €5,000 BEFORE COSTS

ICSA Rural Development chair Tim Farrell has challenged Minister McConalogue to demonstrate how the new ACRES scheme will bring any worthwhile benefits to active, commercial farmers. “In particular, I am openly saying that there will be very few farmers in the general...

COMMON SENSE MUST PREVAIL IN CLIMATE TARGET DECISION

COMMON SENSE MUST PREVAIL IN CLIMATE TARGET DECISION ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said common sense must prevail when it comes to emission reduction targets for the agriculture sector. “A target of 22% is the absolute maximum the agriculture sector can bear;...

MEMBERSHIP OF BORD BIA’S SBLAS MUST NOT BECOME REQUIREMENT FOR CAP SCHEMES

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said he does not accept the logic around forcing farmers to become members of Bord Bia’s Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS) in order to receive CAP payments. “If farmers do not derive any benefit from participation in...

ICSA CALLS ON MEAT PROCESSORS TO COME CLEAN ON BEEF IMPORTS

ICSA beef chair Edmund Graham has called on the meat factories to come clean on how much beef is being imported from Poland and why this is happening. “ICSA has received multiple reports about large volumes of beef arriving from Poland. It is arriving both in carcass...

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