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  • Comer promises “full-on defence” against “Hikers’ Hit-list” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the recent history of the State Mr Comer said that effectively local authorities will be able to declare private property as being open to access upon being satisfied that certain criteria have been met But Mr Comer observed that the criteria to be used by the local authorities is itself very questionable We note for instance that county councils will not be able to make a declaration that land is access land in respect of cultivated land But what is their definition of cultivated Mr Comer said that the Bill amounted to a Hikers Hit list ICMSA has long warned that the debate about any so called Right to Roam was moving in a direction that had to end in a serious dilution of the rights of the farmers or landowners concerned But not even in our wildest dreams did we ever see the State effectively empowering dozens of local authorities to have a go at usurping the rights of private property through the enactment of this Hikers Hit list of a bill which actually encourages local authorities to effectively become joint owners of whatever private land they can identify within their districts and which ticks the boxes of this

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/comer-promises-full-on-defence-against-hikers-hit-list/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA call for immediate issue of Dairy Efficiency Scheme payment. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    will help farmers through what is for many an unprecedented cashflow and farm management crisis While the weather this week has given some small respite the reality is that massive feed bills have built up on farms and many farmers are a long way still from getting their cows and cattle to grass with little or no fodder supplies at this stage It is essential that every support is given

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/icmsa-call-for-immediate-issue-of-dairy-efficiency-scheme-payment/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say confusion over DVO services to farmers is “avoidable and irritating” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    obliged to communicate its decisions with the required clarity and reassurances ICMSA is not in the business of bashing the Department here and we realise fully that budgets are under continuous review but we d make two points strongly Firstly it is not up to the farmer as the customer to try and work out what he or she can get done at their local DVO and what he or she may have to travel further afield to get done The responsibility for informing with clarity and precision who exactly will be doing what rests with the Department and they re simply not doing that Several DVO s ha ve a question mark over them with reports circulating that they will lose their capacity to handle face to face meeting s between farmers and officials Farmers are now faced with the prospect of travelling such distances that it will mean effectively the loss of a whole working day observed the Rural Development Chairman The second point to note here is something I have long commented on this is the pattern where various ministers or whoever announce that economies are to be made in terms of rural offices or on the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/icmsa-say-confusion-over-dvo-services-to-farmers-is-avoidable-and-irritating/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome Septic Tank Plan clarity but warn against unnecessarily demanding standards : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    in this context has welcomed the publication of the National Inspection Plan for Septic Tanks by the EPA stating that it provides a certain degree of clarity for homeowners on the areas that are most likely to be subject to inspection and the number of inspections per county The 1 000 inspections will begin in July 2013 and will be carried out by suitably qualified and trained Local Authority staff The Inspection Plan clearly states that a greater number of inspections will be targeted in what the EPA classify as high risk areas as compared to low risk areas and unregistered septic tanks will be the initial target Mr Rohan stated that it is important to note that homeowners will be notified of an inspection at least 10 days in advance by their Local Authority and ICMSA advises for safety reasons that homeowners should ask for evidence of identification from individuals calling to their door However Mr Rohan was adamant that it is essential that the inspection process will not result in rural dwellers having to reach and comply with unnecessarily demanding standards He stated that ICMSA believes that remedial work that ensures the septic tank no longer constitutes a

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/icmsa-welcome-septic-tank-plan-clarity-but-warn-against-unnecessarily-demanding-standards/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • McCormack describes milk price"footdragging" as "inexcusable" : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    their suppliers were now experiencing it could only be described as inexcusable ICMSA would just note that in April 2011 the IDB index stood at 110 and at that stage suppliers were receiving 34 c L At present the same index stands at 111 and processors and Co ops are dragging their feet up to 33 cents per litre We stress again that this figure of 34 cents per litre

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/mccormack-describes-milk-pricefootdragging-as-inexcusable/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcomes “pragmatism” on Capital Gains Tax restructuring and Stamp Duty Relief in Finance Bill 2013 : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Comer has welcomed as pragmatic the implementation of the Capital Gains Tax Restructuring Relief and confirmation of the extension of the Young Trained Farmers Stamp Duty Relief until 31 December 2015 Mr Comer stated that the continuation of the Young Trained Farmer Stamp Duty Relief to the end of 2015 is essential to encourage the younger generation into farming in a cost efficient manner and compliments the Capital Gains Tax Restructuring Relief and Stock Relief measures which will apply until the end of 2015 On the issue of the Capital Gains Tax Restructuring Relief Mr Comer stated that ICMSA are pleased with the certification procedure outlined for this relief and said that any consolidation that occurs which results in the more efficient operation of a farm enterprise must be eligible for the new relief However Mr Comer stated that it is crucial EU State Aid approval is secured as soon as possible to allow farmers plan for the future The ICMSA President concluded by saying that ICMSA were disappointed that other issues such as the impact of the reduction in tax free thresholds for Capital Acquisitions Tax VAT Refund on Wind Turbines and the problems surrounding the carbon tax rebate

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/icmsa-welcomes-pragmatism-on-capital-gains-tax-restructuring-and-stamp-duty-relief-in-finance-bill-2013/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says the question now becomes the allocation of a diminished budget in a way that’s fair and most productive : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    a way that was both fair and most productive In relation to Pillar I the key issues for farmers is the cut in the budget for SFP and secondly the availability of a budget for price supports in the event of a market downturn Since 2005 farmers have seen their SFP cut through Modulation by 13 and a further reduction of over 3 represents a blow In this regard the Minister needs to clarify how he intends to address the cut in the overall SFP budget and answer the question will all farmers face the same reduction or will it be targeted The method of convergence Greening and a definition of active farming are other key issues and ICMSA has particular concerns in relation to the funding of price supports during periods of market downturns This is an issue that cannot be ignored by Farm Ministers in the negotiations The EU has consistently left farmers at the mercy of multinationals and the multiple retailers and this matter needs to be addressed In this regard we call again on the Minister to support the introduction of a EU Market Monitoring Agency to once and for all address the issue of margins along the food supply chain said Mr Comer In regard to Pillar II Mr Comer said that the cut represents a reduction of 39m per annum in EU funding Pillar II funds many critical and valuable schemes for farmers such as REPS AEOS Disadvantaged Areas and on farm investment grants and the Minister should spell out his priorities under Pillar II as well as ensuring that adequate national funding is available for the essential Agri environment Disadvantaged Areas and On Farm Investment grants in the new programme Under AEOS agri environment efforts have been significantly undermined by comparison with REPS

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/comer-says-the-question-now-becomes-the-allocation-of-a-diminished-budget-in-a-way-thats-fair-and-most-productive/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA critical of ‘complacent acceptance’ of reported cuts : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    ICMSA John Comer said that the cuts to both Pillar I and Pillar II funding were serious and he was critical of a complacent acceptance of the reductions Mr Comer said that cuts of th is order would have particularly severe impact on the various schemes funded through Pillar II and those reductions would in turn take critically needed funds out of already hard hit rural areas of the state

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/icmsa-critical-of-complacent-acceptance-of-reported-cuts/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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