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  • Bus Eireann route cutbacks and ceasing of services – ICMSA President said State is “steadily withdrawing from rural communities and people feel abandoned” | I C M S A
    supreme importance of retaining state control of access to and from Ireland while at the same time as a state transport agency simply announces without a word of consultation or warning that it is ending bus links to Dublin from several rural towns where that bus service was the only public transport option It s as if the State simply turns around to a whole community and announces there you go now lads you re on your own from here onwards People feel abandoned The need for Connectivity doesn t end at city boundaries said Mr Comer The ICMSA President said that it now seemed that rural populations were expected to sit quietly and simply accept the disappearance of their state transport facilities in the same way as their schools post offices Garda stations and district departmental and veterinary offices had already steadily disappeared He said that aside from the inhibiting effect this policy was having on any prospect of economic investment it was hugely demoralising for the residents of rural communities to witness this ill considered and short sighted withdrawal of the State from swathes of the country and he urged the Government to re commit to an Ireland based on some semblance of state services for all the people Ends 23 February 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Farmer confidence returning as dairy market resurgence continues Beef differentials between UK and Ireland costing Irish farmers 300 per head Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM Read more Login Events

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/02/bus-eireann-route-cutbacks-and-ceasing-of-services-icmsa-president-said-state-is-steadily-withdrawing-from-rural-communities-and-people-feel-abandoned/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Farmer confidence returning as dairy market resurgence continues | I C M S A
    other processors and co ops to immediately follow suit and thus underline the return of stability to the market Mr McCormack noted that GIIL is the State s largest processor of milk and he said that their decision represented a huge vote of confidence in the upswing now underway He said that the strengthening international dairy markets were now combining with a currency bonus as the Euro fell relative to both the Dollar and Sterling and that Dutch Dairy Quotations prices for butter SMP and WMP were now at levels last seen in July and August 2014 when farmers were receiving close to 35 cents per litre With less than six weeks to go before Quota Abolition Mr McCormack said it was hugely important that this stronger market was immediately reflected and to that end all processors and Co ops must follow the lead set by GIIL and Aurivo and set a positive scene for the immediate post quota era Ends 18 February 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Reception of Irish Beef Promotion in US unalloyed good news for Irish farming and food sectors Bus Eireann route cutbacks and ceasing of services ICMSA President said State is steadily withdrawing from rural communities and people feel abandoned Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM Read more Login Events Calendar January 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/02/farmer-confidence-returning-as-dairy-market-resurgence-continues/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Reception of Irish Beef Promotion in US “unalloyed good news” for Irish farming and food sectors | I C M S A
    to a very significant opportunity for the Irish beef sector Mr Comer said that much behind the scenes work had already been done and the Irish effort looked to be at least 12 months ahead of any of our European competitors The first mover advantage that might accrue to the Irish campaign was potentially very substantial and the opening up of the US market would mean that Irish beef s over reliance on the UK market could be greatly reduced with farmers prices being much less vulnerable to manipulation and downward management by factories Mr Comer also noted the additional commercial opportunity to enter the Green Beef segment of the US market but he cautioned that all stakeholders must keep their eye on this market to ensure that returns are gathered to their fullest extent The already apparent success of the US promotion was unalloyed good news for Irish farming and a credit was due to the Minister and his team for both seeing and seizing the initiative said Mr Comer Ends 9 February 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Currency Movements a major plus as dairy markets strengthen Farmer confidence returning as dairy market resurgence continues Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM Read more Login Events Calendar January 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 All Press

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/02/reception-of-irish-beef-promotion-in-us-unalloyed-good-news-for-irish-farming-and-food-sectors/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Currency Movements ‘a major plus’ as dairy markets strengthen | I C M S A
    price of butter and skimmed milk power sold in the US in November 2014 The average price sold on that occasion was US 44 25 Cpl equating to 34 96 Cpl at the given average exchange rate for the first week of November Fast forward two and a half months to the present and if the same price is returned on the market it would convert to 38 83 Cpl This is a huge difference of 3 8cpl before any changes to underlying market conditions are considered and shows how far in value the Euro has fallen against the Dollar almost 10 in that time The indisputable fact that European and Irish processors are achieving gains at the currency level means that Irish farmers will be justifiably demanding a higher price in 2015 than had been previously anticipated said Mr McCormack In further good news for Irish milk suppliers Fonterra has announced a reduction in its milk volume forecast for the 2014 15 season to 1 532 million kg as a result of the impact of dry weather on production in recent weeks This new forecast is 3 3 lower than the 1 584 million kg collected last season and represents the first real indication of weather interfering with milk supply on world markets in the last 18 months and has been reflected in the latest Global Dairy Auction with a 9 4 increase in prices The worldwide drop in price has been driven by an unprecedented increase in supply on world markets due to near perfect production conditions worldwide and the recent slowdown in production in the EU should not go unnoticed as the prospect of superlevy kicks in across the EU ICMSA is certainly satisfied that the currency movements and lower production in New Zealand have improved the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/02/currency-movements-a-major-plus-as-dairy-markets-strengthen/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome UL’s belated commitment to dairy research | I C M S A
    to develop the new technologies needed to maximise the benefits that could flow following the abolition of milk quotas in two months time Mr Blackburn pointed out that Limerick supplies around 9 of the state s total milk production and that the potential for double digit growth in this area was enormous Mr Blackburn also noted that ICMSA which is headquartered in Limerick has been very critical of UL s reluctance to engage with the regional dairy industry which is by far the region s biggest indigenous economic activity It was over two years ago that ICMSA had urged UL to involve itself in this area which is of such importance to UL s hinterland in Limerick North Cork Tipperary North Kerry and East Clare and the Association was satisfied to see the institution finally grasp the huge potential economic and technological that the dairy sector offered Mr Blackburn urged UL to go further and introduce specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses in agri economics and other agri related disciplines so that Limerick can position itself as a food hub and centre of excellence Ends 02 Feb 2015 Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA point to legitimate security consideration around publication of Direct Payment details Currency Movements a major plus as dairy markets strengthen Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM Read more Login Events Calendar January 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/02/icmsa-welcome-uls-belated-commitment-to-dairy-research/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA point to “legitimate security consideration” around publication of Direct Payment details | I C M S A
    to be any will to publish those figures about retail margins Dealing with the plan to publish the details of Direct Payment ICMSA would make the same point today we made back in 2009 before the legal challenge by German farmers stymied the Commission s plans to publish SFP at that stage There simply has to be some acknowledgement of the security considerations of the farmers concerned ICMSA has no issue with someone going into a Department of Agriculture Office or a Teagasc office and outlining their reasons for knowing what farmer X received in his or her Basic Payment But we have a major problem with a publicly accessible website or list that gives the name address and amount paid to individual farmers in an environment where we know that there are criminal elements that deliberately target rural residents And bear in mind that all this will happen against a background of the closure of rural Garda stations We do not think it s unreasonable to ask why certain people would want to know what some farmer living alone in a remote part of the country was receiving said Mr Comer That is ICMSA s point we re not being paranoid about the right of EU taxpayers to know what we received in our Direct Payment For the most part Direct Payments are very modest and no more than a recognition of the money owed to farmers for producing excellent food affordably for the EU s population We don t object to the listing of the payments but we want some degree of supervision of who is accessing that list and why they are accessing that list continued the ICMSA President Ends 30 January 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/icmsa-point-to-legitimate-security-consideration-around-publication-of-direct-payment-details/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Latest BVD announcement by Minister Coveney “misses the point again” say ICMSA | I C M S A
    Agriculture Food Marine should be aimed at getting rid of BVD out of Ireland once and for all But Mr McCormack pointed out that almost 40 of PIs retained in 2014 were on dairy herds and yet the compensation packages have consistently ignored beef breeds within the dairy herd That fact had to be confronted according to Mr McCormack and Minister Coveney had to face up to the reality that BVD eradication had to mean PIs being removed from all herds The other two major initiatives that need to be addressed directly by the Minister are the notification of neighbouring herds where a PI animal is held for longer than the required length for a re test and the notification of the veterinary practitioners These issues should be dealt with directly by the Minister and not fudged by passing it back to the implementation group that is failing to get agreement This is the final year of testing for those who entered in the compulsory year and the fourth year for voluntary herds and it is not good enough that after three years of clear testing that a herd could be put in danger due to not knowing that a neighbour is holding PI animals concluded Mr McCormack Ends 29 January 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say falling energy prices not feeding through ICMSA point to legitimate security consideration around publication of Direct Payment details Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM Read more Login Events Calendar January

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/latest-bvd-announcement-by-minister-coveney-misses-the-point-again-say-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say falling energy prices not ‘feeding through’ | I C M S A
    of Brent crude has fallen to a six year low The cost of natural gas has fallen by 18 in the last year but we re not seeing reductions of anything like that order for the customers and obviously we re most concerned with the energy cost to our farmer members who if they are milk suppliers are looking at anything up to a 50 drop in income according to the estimates of Teagasc Farmer incomes are falling and we still have that steady year on year input inflation so for instance fertiliser prices are set to rise by 7 this year Farmers and the population in general desperately need to see a reduction in energy prices that is someway proportionate to the overall reduction in energy prices that the energy providers and utility companies are enjoying For instance the most recent price reductions announced by Bord Gais are absolutely puny compared to the price reductions that Bord Gais are enjoying at their level It s the old old story when energy prices go up the customers charges are increased the very next day but when energy prices go down we have these inexplicably slow lags where customer prices are kept higher for very much longer than the wholesale market evidence would seem to justify We need action on this immediately said Mr McCabe Ends 23 January 2015 Lorcan McCabe 086 3979804 Chairperson ICMSA Farm Services Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office McCormack says latest prices from dairy markets are positive but real test will come in February Latest BVD announcement by Minister Coveney misses the point again say ICMSA Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/icmsa-say-falling-energy-prices-not-feeding-through/ (2016-01-06)
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