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  • ICOS Skillnet Upcoming Courses | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    and dates on any training courses please visit www icosskillnet ie or contact us on 01 6131348 or on email breeda flood icos ie or billy goodburn icos ie All our programmes are offered free to Eligible job seekers Spaces on all programmes are limited and will have to be allocated on a first come first serve basis For specific details of training programmes please visit our website www icosskillnet ie If you wish to make a booking please contact either Billy Goodburn on 087 1265542 or Breeda Flood on 01 6131348 The ICOS Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme an initiative of Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education Skills Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home About ICOS Purpose Vision Who we are Who we represent Core values A proud tradition Sir Horace Plunkett ICOS and the

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/09/08/icos-skillnet-upcoming-courses/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS Reaction to the EU Commission Announcement of Measures to Support European Farmers & Co-operatives | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    in a position whereby we can offer farmers the opportunity to lock into a milk price at a sustainable and acceptable level It s unfortunate that EU market supports aren t able to underpin that offering and so we will need to look to utilise all the other structures on offer to develop it The co operative model is ideally placed to help facilitate this said Martin Keane However he expressed disappointment at the failure to announce a review of intervention prices as either an emergency or long term measure as is provided for in EU legislation Markets are very susceptible to sentiment Mr Keane said and right now they need a strong message that Europe is prepared to act forcefully to help farmers Keane said that he very much welcomed initiatives to help refugees promote co operatives in the food chain boost trade and increase investment in the future through the European Investment Bank He said that ICOS would be watching closely as the detail of this package gets worked out in the coming weeks ICOS represents co operatives and organisations in Ireland including the Irish dairy processing co operatives and livestock marts whose associated businesses have a combined turnover in the region of 14 billion with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people in Ireland and a further 24 000 people overseas Ends Follows ICOS on Twitter icos bxl Website www icos ie Contact Conor Mulvihill 0032 48 6160372 cmulvihill icos ie Tim Kinsella MKC Communications 353 86 813 7512 tim mkc ie Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/09/08/icos-reaction-to-the-eu-commission-announcement-of-measures-to-support-european-farmers-co-operatives/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS Attend #FarmAction Protest in Brussels | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    stabilize the markets ICOS have been engaging very constructively with Phil Hogan and his Commission team as well as our Department over the last year to come up with workable solutions to help our farmers and their co operative businesses In terms suggestions ICOS have been looking for a suite of short and long term measures to help the market and allow farmers and farming businesses to return to profitability ICOS also very much welcomes any initiative being brought forward to use food aid to help migrants at this time of severe crisis Short term A more flexible approach to the operation of Private Storage Aid tool such as the re inclusion of cheese and adjusting timings of product entry and exit Superlevy funds collected should be reinvested in market supports including emergency intervention to address the market overhang caused by the Russian ban Early payment of a significant portion of this year s direct payments to aid the cash flow crisis at farm level Medium term Trigger the review mechanism of the CAP to increase intervention threshold prices to reflect higher production costs EU to redouble its efforts to further open third country markets including robust promotion measures Strengthening of the European Milk Market Observatory which can facilitate the development of a European Dairy Futures market This tool could be used by co ops on behalf of their members to counter volatility European Investment Fund needs to be leveraged in conjunction with our Rural Development Plan to encourage investment in our co operative industry and especially for the development of young farmers Contact Conor Mulvihill 0032 48 6160372 Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/09/07/icos-attend-farmaction-protest-in-brussels/ (2016-02-10)
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  • We’re Hiring!! | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    member relations issues the values and principles which characterise a co operative businesses the business and legal requirements for new co operative start ups providing governance advice where requested to individual co op directors the conduct of annual and special general meetings of the society This is a senior position within ICOS Salary and conditions will be commensurate with the position You should Be a graduate in a relevant discipline preferably with a post graduate qualification Have knowledge of corporate law and governance issues Have very good communication skills Have a good knowledge of farming Have a good knowledge of agri food policy Have familiarity with co operative businesses Closing date for applications is Friday 25 th September 2015 Candidates should send curriculum vitae CV career and salary details to Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS Ltd The Plunkett House 84 Merrion Square Dublin 2 or email info icos ie Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/09/04/were-hiring/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS meets Commissioner Hogan on Dairy Market Issues | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    a significant portion of this year s direct payments to aid the cash flow crisis at farm level Medium term Trigger the review mechanism of the CAP to increase intervention threshold prices to reflect higher production costs EU to redouble its efforts to further open third country markets including robust promotion measures Strengthening of the European Milk Market Observatory which can facilitate the development of a European Dairy Futures market This tool could be used by co ops on behalf of their members to counter volatility European Investment Fund needs to be leveraged in conjunction with our Rural Development Plan to encourage investment in our co operative industry and especially for the development of young farmers Martin Keane said Europe must act now to stabilise the position of its dairy sector so that it will retain its strength and competitiveness on a global basis If appropriate measures are taken now this will enable the Irish and European dairy industry to benefit positively from a market resurgence when it takes place ICOS represents co operatives and organisations in Ireland including the Irish dairy processing co operatives and livestock marts whose associated businesses have a combined turnover in the region of 14 billion with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people in Ireland and a further 24 000 people overseas Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/09/03/icos-meets-commissioner-hogan-on-dairy-market-issues/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Air Quality Legislation May Have Wider Implications for Irish Agriculture | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    national ceilings for each pollutant The Commission allocated targets to each Member States based on the Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollution Interactions and Synergies GAINS model developed by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA As a result Ireland has been set a 7 reduction target on 2005 levels for both ammonia and methane This is the most lenient target set for any Member State For example Denmark has been set reduction targets of 37 and 24 respectively for ammonia and methane The proposal has met with strong opposition in both the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament Several Member States are facing targets which if enacted would impact severely on their agricultural sectors In the European Parliament the Agriculture Committee voted to remove methane from the proposal arguing that methane is already regulated under existing climate change legislation Unfortunately the Environment Committee which has overall responsibility for this piece of legislation has voted narrowly in support of the Commission proposal maintaining binding limits for both ammonia and methane The European Parliament at plenary session will vote on the proposal in October before final negotiations between the EU institutions take place with view to concluding a final agreement in 2016 By Eamonn Farrell Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/08/12/air-quality-legislation-may-have-wider-implications-for-irish-agriculture/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS participates in the National Economic Dialogue | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    income averaging system was increased from 3 years to 5 years to assist with income volatility Building on these welcome changes in agri taxation policy ICOS proposed three specific recommendations at the National Economic Dialogue for the Government to include in Budget 2016 The establishment of an income deferral scheme ICOS recommends the establishment of an income deferral scheme based on the Australian Farm Management Deposits Scheme This is a system whereby farmers can move their before tax income from years they need it least to years when it is most needed For example during periods of high prices farmers would be permitted to divert a portion of their gross milk receipts into a recognised fund They can then draw down this income during periods of low prices On withdrawal the deferred income would be liable for income tax The income deferral scheme as proposed by ICOS would complement the income averaging system currently in place by providing farmers with an additional risk management tool to deal with uneven income due to a wide range of unique factors from weather to global markets Recognition for farmers who invest in their co op With the abolition of milk quotas the vast majority of Irish dairy farmers have signed a milk supply agreement with their co op In addition co ops have put in place share buy in arrangements with a small number of farmers who don t have a shareholding in their co op ICOS firmly believes that the co op is an extension of a farmers business Investment by a farmer in their co op is in effect an investment in their own business Previously Revenue recognised milk quota purchase as an allowable expense ICOS recommends that investments by farmers in their co op should treated in a similar way Tax relief to support best practice in environmental sustainability ICOS recommends the introduction of tax relief similar to existing research and development R D tax credit guidelines with the specific aim of supporting best practice in environmental sustainability Under the R D guidelines a 25 tax credit is available for qualifying expenditure for companies engaged in in house R D This tax credit can be set against a company s corporation tax liability The principle of incentivising a key employee also contained in the R D guidelines should also be translated to the proposed measure dealing with environmental sustainability The purpose of such a measure is to encourage co ops and other appropriate businesses to invest in the knowledge needed to drive sustainability at farm level This proposal would fully support the wider objectives of Government to promote Irish food production as the most sustainable in the world As a follow up to the National Economic Dialogue ICOS are currently finalising a written submission to the Department of Finance on Budget 2016 This will be submitted in the coming weeks By Eamonn Farrell Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/08/12/icos-participates-in-the-national-economic-dialogue/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS President Strongly Welcomes Lakeland/Fane Valley Joint Ventures Announcement | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    processors whether through joint ventures or fuller scale amalgamations to ensure that scale efficiencies were being achieved in processing and marketing in the interests of farmers This announcement is one of a series of leadership initiatives taken over the last year by our co operative boards in the pursuit of amalgamations joint ventures and closer collaboration in the long term interests of farmer members and of consumers he concluded ICOS represents co operatives and organisations including the dairy processing co operatives and livestock marts whose associated businesses have a combined turnover in the region of 14 billion euro with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people and a further 24 000 people overseas Ends For further information contact Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS 353 87 2867349 seamus odonohoe icos ie Media Information Tim Kinsella MKC Communications 353 86 813 7512 tim mkc ie Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/08/06/icos-president-strongly-welcomes-lakelandfane-valley-joint-ventures-announcement/ (2016-02-10)
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