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Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU Green Deal – new quotas and higher costs

Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU Green Deal – new quotas and higher costs

Standard economic theory suggests an increase in price for goods will cause demand to fall and supply to increase, while...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Irish agri-food sector resilience is bankable

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Irish agri-food sector resilience is bankable

There have been a number of economic outlook publications recently outlining perspectives on Irish economic recovery post-pandemic and as Brexit impacts...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Discussion and negotiation needed to develop agri-food policy

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Discussion and negotiation needed to develop agri-food policy

The coincidental publication of the 2030 Agri-food Strategy proposals for public consultation this week and the striking out of An Taisce’s High...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Will science drive Ireland’s climate action legislation?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Will science drive Ireland’s climate action legislation?

The righteous onward march of veganism, as promoted by the Environmental Pillar in Ireland who want stringent climate action legislation,...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland must reopen for agri-business

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Ireland must reopen for agri-business

The penny seems to be dropping with farm organisations and politicians that the current campaign of blocking Irish agri-business, by...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Deja vu for agriculture all over again

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Deja vu for agriculture all over again

In 2005/2006 as the Doha round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks seemed set on an inevitable ‘giveaway trade’ deal...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Dublin 4 doesn’t rate agriculture

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Dublin 4 doesn’t rate agriculture

Glanbia’s announcement of a new peak milk supply management scheme has created waves across the dairy industry, but is unlikely...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU Green Deal could reduce agri-production by 12%

Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU Green Deal could reduce agri-production by 12%

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has consistently stressed the need to balance reductions in carbon emissions and other...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Environmental Pillar exit from Agri-Food Strategy not surprising

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Environmental Pillar exit from Agri-Food Strategy not surprising

The Agri-Food Strategy 2030 process was always going to be difficult and complex, having as a backdrop multiple challenges and...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: 21st century food pricing policy needed

Ciaran Fitzgerald: 21st century food pricing policy needed

In previous articles, I have focused on the long-term damage done to the agri-food sector, and in particular farm incomes...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Dominant food pricing is unsustainable

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Dominant food pricing is unsustainable

In my last article I highlighted the need to provide improved food pricing and increased farm income supports to offset...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Food pricing and farm incomes must be reconnected

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Food pricing and farm incomes must be reconnected

In his speech to the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) annual general meeting (AGM) last week, Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated that...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Crisis must mean opportunity for agri-food sector

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Crisis must mean opportunity for agri-food sector

It is an understatement to say that 2020 was a hugely difficult year both in terms of public health and...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Limit on Irish livestock numbers likely sooner rather than later’

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Limit on Irish livestock numbers likely sooner rather than later’

It became very clear during the hiatus between the general election in February last year and the formation of a...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: What have we learned in 2020?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: What have we learned in 2020?

What have we learned in 2020? Accounting trumps reality! There are at least two Irish economies. Throughout the year and...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Will the government support Irish agri-business in the long-term?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Will the government support Irish agri-business in the long-term?

Brexit, post Covid-19 public health issues, climate change compliance and an economic recession mean plenty of challenges for the Irish...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Agri-food industry needs to focus on international consumer

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Agri-food industry needs to focus on international consumer

The importance of Irish agriculture and the agri-food industry is best promoted by its practitioners. Ireland exports around 85% of...

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Is Irish agriculture destined to struggle and drift?’

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Is Irish agriculture destined to struggle and drift?’

Is Irish agriculture destined to struggle and drift, like Irish Water, or invest and innovate to address its challenges like...