Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways, Public Consultation Paper.

Submissions are invited from interested parties on the consultation paper – a Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways.

As set out in the public consultation paper, submissions can be made electronically to greenways@dttas.ie  or by post to:

Sustainable Transport Division

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Leeson Lane

D02 TR60

The closing date for submissions is Friday 14th July.

To support a fair outcome for landowners, please print, sign & submit the submission below prior to July 14th

Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways, Public Consultation Paper

ICSA Submission on Farm Safety

Farm Safety Submission Pic  In January 2015, ICSA made its submission to the Seanad Public Consultation Committee, which announced in late 2014 that it was carrying out a public consultation on Farm Safety.

The Committee will review the written submissions and may decide to invite some contributors to address a public session of the Committee. When this process is complete, the Committee intends to publish a report.

ICSA’s proposals include:

  1. Education of children at primary level
  2. Consideration of financial issues
  3. Utilisation of discussion groups
  4. Ongoing education and awareness through farm organisations and Teagasc
  5. Minimising stress and prioritising mental health issues

 

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ICSA submission on the Agri-Taxation Review

ICSA Tax Consultation Thumbnail  In March, ICSA made its submission to the Department of Finance in response to the Agri-taxation Review consultation.

The purpose of this review is to analyse the benefits of the various tax measures to the agriculture sector and the wider economy versus the costs, i.e. value for money to the economy.

Submissions received by the Department will be considered in the context of Budget 2015, which will be brought forward this year into August.

It is ICSA’s position that the Irish tax regime with reference to agriculture should:

  • Incentivise hard work and entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Assist those who have invested in developing and expanding their farms;
  • Support efficient farm transfer between the generations without punitive capital taxes;
  • Feature VAT / excise duty / carbon tax that makes Irish agriculture more competitive and;
  • Encourage long term land leasing, farm partnerships, land consolidation and installation of young farmers
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      ICSA submission on the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 Consultation Paper

      ICSA RD Sub Feb2014  ICSA made a submission in February to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in response to the 2014 – 2020 Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 consultation paper.

      The ICSA document sets out the association’s policy positions on a range of Rural Development issues across the 7 main aspects namely:

      1. Agri-Environment Climate Measures
      2. Areas of Natural Constraint
      3. On Farm Capital Investments
      4. Knowledge Transfer Measures
      5. Support for Collaborative and Quality Focused Measures
      6. Targeted Support
      7. LEADER

      Key overarching themes of ICSA’s submission relation to appropriate targeting of RD funds, simplification of application and record keeping, cost implication of capital measures, equitable division of sectoral budgets and focused measures for suckler and sheep farmers.

      ICSA expects to continue to lobby strongly in support of the drystock sector as part of RD negotiations through the course of 2014.

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          ICSA submission to EirGrid’s Stage 1 Report for the Grid Link project

          Gridlink Thumbnail  ICSA has submitted its consultation response to EirGrid’s Stage 1 Report for the Grid Link project. In principle, ICSA acknowledges the importance of reinforcing the national grid and of facilitating a more sustainable domestic energy supply through the development of renewable energy generation schemes. However, under consultation with its members, ICSA has noted that there are significant concerns amongst rural communities in relation to the extent and proposed technologies of the Grid Link project. ICSA wises to highlight the overall lack of reference made to farming in EirGrid’s report, particularly in the context of farming being the predominant land use along all of the proposed route corridors.

          In its submission, ICSA is strongly advocating that all parties involved in the Grid Link planning and design process take this opportunity to revisit the proposed engineering options, taking into account recent advances in technology which may more readily facilitate a more widely acceptable undergrounding solution. ICSA is additionally calling for a full Cost Benefit Analysis of the various engineering solutions. Furthermore, ICSA is advocating more comprehensive assessment and more balanced communication of potential impacts to rural society and the agricultural landscape.

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          ICSA submission on the Agriculture Sectoral Roadmap

          ICSA Sectoral Roadmap Sub Nov2013  ICSA made a submission in November 2013 to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in response to the consultation regarding the Agriculture Sectoral Roadmap of the draft Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2013.

          In this submission, ICSA addressed Ireland’s problematic climate change targets and reviewed the options for the sectoral roadmap. The submission concludes that:

          Much more precise analysis is required to establish what agriculture has to do to meet climate change targets and how this can be achieved in practice. Further clarification is required as to what constitutes emission reduction for each agri-sector. Following from this, there must be a clear vision of a regulatory and policy framework so that farmers have a transparent reference of how they can farm in a viable way while playing a feasible part in the climate change effort.

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          ICSA submission on the Food Harvest 2020 Environmental Analysis Report

          ICSA FH2020 Env Analysis Sub Nov2013  ICSA made a submission in November 2013 to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in response to the consultation regarding the Food Harvest 2020 Environmental Analysis Report.

          In this submission, ICSA highlighted that:

          • The report needs to be updated to reflect recent changes in agriculture policy
          • More reference needs to be made to existing schemes which can deliver knowledge transfer or environmental benefits
          • More detail is required in relation to implementation of mitigation measures through agri-environment schemes

          General comments are also made regarding the recommendations of the Environmental Analysis Report.

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          Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020: ICSA Submission – Revised July 2013

          ICSA RD 2014 2020 Submissio  ICSA has made a submission in January 2013 to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in response to the 2014 – 2020 Rural Development Programme consultation call. Following ongoing discussions, a number of revisions were made, leading to an updated submission being put forward in July 2013.

          In the context of the ongoing respective EU budget and CAP reform negotiations, ICSA argues that a Rural Development Programme needs funding of up to €700m per annum in order to make a real impact in terms of meeting the six key objectives set out by the EU Commission in its CAP reform proposals.

          Furthermore, as part of any new RDP, ICSA has advocated the following measures:

          • A more streamlined and integrated approach is taken to Rural Development funding applications and monitoring to reduce the duplication of labour and lessen the administrative burden on both the Department and applicants.
          • That the existing model for BTAP and STAP should be significantly expanded under the 2014-2020 RDP
          • That top-up payments of maximum €1,000 per scheme be paid on specific Rural Development schemes (Agri-environment, Suckler and Disadvantaged Area) to farms classed as ‘Low Income Holdings’.
          • That a new suckler scheme be set up within the framework of the Rural Development Programme, requiring farmers to supply breeding info to ICBF, together with selected additional information.
          • That a greater focus be put on farmers on marginal land, with high rainfall, non-arable land or at higher elevation in relation to Disadvantaged Area funding
          • That the Department fund a new expanded farm investment scheme targeting practical innovation aimed at making farm systems more competitive.
          • That the sheep grassland scheme should be part of the RD programme.
          • That young farmers receive 25% extra on Agri-environment, Disadvantaged Area or Suckler Scheme payments provided they also fulfil the Low Income Holding criteria limits.
          • That there should be continuing support for developing the organic sector in Ireland through a separate Organic Support Scheme.
          • That the Department develop and implement a new agri-environment scheme that is more comprehensive and ambitious than AEOS; any new scheme should be developed in consultation with farmers.
          • That the Department should instate a separate agri-environment scheme for uplands
          • That farm forestry planting continues to be supported with planting aid and farm forestry premia.
          • That more cooperation between Local Action Groups and farmers form a key element of any new LEADER schemes, with a review of how to ensure that LEADER supports farming.
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          ICSA Submission on the Proposed Dog Microchipping Programme

          ICSA-Dog-Microchipping-Subm  Minister Coveney recently made a call for submissions on Dog Microchipping as part of the passing of the Animal Helath and Welfare Bill into law; he specifically plans to introduce a regulation which will require the microchipping of all dogs in the country.

          ICSA has been calling for such compulsory microchipping for many years, and has strongly welcomed the Minister’s proposal as a solution to many of the current problems relating to Ireland’s dog population such as straying, rehoming, theft, livestock worrying, animal cruelty and dangerous dogs. This submission makes a number of recommendations relating to the implementation of microchipping, including:

          • Equal chipping rates for all dogs, regardless of purpose
          • Restriction of chipping practice to registered vets, dog wardens and staff of approved dog shelters
          • Minimising of costs
          • Education regarding requirement of addition of chip data to a database
          • Clarity regarding protocol during change of ownership

          ICSA aim to play an active role in any publicity campaign during the microchipping rollout.

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          ICSA Submission on the Suckler TAM Scheme

          ICSA-Suckler-TAMS-Submissio  The Department of Agriculture sought views from the main farming stakeholders on the potential content of a new Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme for the suckler sector. The Suckler Committee reached a consensus that the most appropriate use of funding for a Suckler TAM Scheme would be to prioritise improving farm safety and welfare through modernised animal handling facilities. 

          In this submission, ICSA called for funding for a suite of TAM measures that could deliver improved farm safety and animal health & welfare, namely:

          • Crush equipment with optional head scoop for safer inspection and dosing of animals
          • Smaller dedicated crates for calf dehorning
          • Crush extensions for increased safety at rear of animal
          • Mobile crush units for use in field situations
          • Wired or wireless cameras for installation in calving sheds
          • Calf-weighing equipment
          • Badger-proof feed troughs
          • Tipping water troughs

          Through these measures, ICSA believes that we can advance the competitiveness of the suckler sector, whilst improving the overall health and genetic resources of the national herd.

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