Chris MacManus

MEP: ‘Poor government policy’ must not prevent young people from farming

MEP: ‘Poor government policy’ must not prevent young people from farming

Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands-Northwest, Chris MacManus has said poor government policy must not prevent young people from starting a...

June 17, 2022

MEP: ‘We can only tinker with CAP budget so much’

MEP: ‘We can only tinker with CAP budget so much’

An Irish MEP is calling for the one-off lump sum payment from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Pillar II funds...

May 31, 2022

Appeals: Average time to close cases in 2021 ‘twice the department target’

Appeals: Average time to close cases in 2021 ‘twice the department target’

The average length of time it took to resolve a complaint to the Agriculture Appeals Office in 2021 was 185...

May 24, 2022

Commission told Irish farms ‘in desperate situation’ on fertiliser price

Commission told Irish farms ‘in desperate situation’ on fertiliser price

Representatives from the Directorate General for Agriculture (DG AGRI) of the European Commission have been told that Irish farms are...

April 20, 2022

‘Brussels has not actually loosened its purse strings one bit’ – MEP

‘Brussels has not actually loosened its purse strings one bit’ – MEP

Measures by the European Commission to address food security concerns will not fix the crisis and are not a “gift...

March 25, 2022

MEP signs letter calling for direct support for farmers amid ‘pig sector crisis’

MEP signs letter calling for direct support for farmers amid ‘pig sector crisis’

Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus has added his voice to the chorus of concern over a “growing crisis” in the...

January 13, 2022

MacManus: Minister ‘asleep at the wheel’ on organic farming

MacManus: Minister ‘asleep at the wheel’ on organic farming

An Irish MEP has claimed that Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie MacConalogue is “asleep at the wheel”...

December 14, 2021

Commission to consider reducing tariffs amid fertiliser price increases

Commission to consider reducing tariffs amid fertiliser price increases

A Sinn Féin MEP has questioned the European Commission, members of which attended a sitting of the European Parliament Agricultural...

December 1, 2021

CAP deal: ‘We cannot let ‘perfect’ be the enemy of good’

CAP deal: ‘We cannot let ‘perfect’ be the enemy of good’

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform agreement received its final ratification in the European Parliament yesterday (Tuesday, November 23), almost...

November 24, 2021

CAP deal ‘an improvement on status quo’ – MEP

CAP deal ‘an improvement on status quo’ – MEP

An MEP for Ireland Midlands-North West has said that the current agreement on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2023...

September 9, 2021

Midlands ‘needs more backing’ as tourist destination

Midlands ‘needs more backing’ as tourist destination

The midlands should receive more promotion as a tourist destination – which would boost the local economy and create sustainable...

August 18, 2021

Irish MEP highlights rural public services to commissioner

Irish MEP highlights rural public services to commissioner

An Irish MEP has told the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development that public services in rural areas “must...

July 16, 2021

Ireland ‘must use CAP flexibility to improve distribution’

Ireland ‘must use CAP flexibility to improve distribution’

Following the agreement of a deal on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) last Friday (June 25), Ireland is being called...

June 28, 2021

Technological change ‘could make starting an agricultural enterprise too costly’

Technological change ‘could make starting an agricultural enterprise too costly’

Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus has raised concerns about how technological change could make starting an agricultural enterprise “too costly...

April 22, 2021

CAP talks entering ‘advanced stage’ – MacManus

CAP talks entering ‘advanced stage’ – MacManus

Sinn Fein MEP Chris MacManus, a member of the European Parliament’s negotiating team on the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)...

April 2, 2021

Ireland’s share of Brexit fund ‘must be defended’ – MEP

Ireland’s share of Brexit fund ‘must be defended’ – MEP

French attempts to “reduce Ireland’s share” of the EU Brexit Adjustment Fund must be resisted, Midlands North West MEP Chris...

March 20, 2021

CAP and RDP ‘must look at factors that create barriers to women becoming farm managers’

CAP and RDP ‘must look at factors that create barriers to women becoming farm managers’

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands Northwest Chris MacManus has expressed how more needs to be done to support women...

March 19, 2021

CAP payments ‘must be conditional on respect for labour rights’

CAP payments ‘must be conditional on respect for labour rights’

EU funds under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) must only be given to farm enterprises that respect labour rights when...

March 2, 2021