Commonage

New October extension for commonage management plans

New October extension for commonage management plans

The Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for completion of commonage management plans by advisors until October 31. The...

August 7, 2015

‘Vulnerable farmers have been abandoned by Coveney’

‘Vulnerable farmers have been abandoned by Coveney’

At an emergency meeting of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) in Claremorris recently was told that Minister Coveney...

May 26, 2015

‘Major U-turn by Department of Agriculture on south Galway inspection decisions’

‘Major U-turn by Department of Agriculture on south Galway inspection decisions’

After reducing two large Slieve Aughty commonages by 55% (from 1090ha to 476ha) and 64% (from 184ha to 67ha), the...

May 3, 2015

There is no discrimination around commonage inspections – Coveney

There is no discrimination around commonage inspections – Coveney

There is no discrimination in relation to the inspection of commonage and private land, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said....

April 25, 2015

More than just a naked flame caused recent wild fires

More than just a naked flame caused recent wild fires

Fires in Killarney National Park and elsewhere hit the headlines in recent weeks and, according to commonage advisor Fergal Monaghan,...

April 22, 2015

A number of commonage GLAS advisors to be appointed next week – Minister

A number of commonage GLAS advisors to be appointed next week – Minister

A number of commonage GLAS advisors are set to be appointed by the Department of Agriculture next week, according to...

April 17, 2015

‘Number of active farmers on commonage declining’

‘Number of active farmers on commonage declining’

There is anecdotal evidence that Department inspections on commonages and marginal lands are leading to significant reductions in the eligible areas...

April 16, 2015

Hundreds attend first national meeting of INHFA

Hundreds attend first national meeting of INHFA

Over 350 farmers attended the first of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) series of nationwide meetings last Thursday...

March 10, 2015

New farming organisation targets 20,000 farmers

New farming organisation targets 20,000 farmers

A new national farming organisation is being set up and it aims to represent marginalised and low income farmers. It...

January 19, 2015

Minister says there is much ‘common ground’ with hill farmers

Minister says there is much ‘common ground’ with hill farmers

The Minister for Agriculture has said in recent days that on many of the issues raised by the hill-farmers representatives,...

December 23, 2014

Success on commonage farmers concerns – Minister Coveney

Success on commonage farmers concerns – Minister Coveney

Following a meetings with hill farmers in recent weeks, The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said his Department is trying to...

December 18, 2014

Bumper 2015 lamb crop on the cards

Bumper 2015 lamb crop on the cards

With scanning starting to commence on lowland flocks throughout the country, initial reports suggest a bumper lamb crop could be...

December 8, 2014

Thousands of farmers march on Castlebar over ‘unfair’ GLAS

Thousands of farmers march on Castlebar over ‘unfair’ GLAS

Over 2,000 hill and commonage farmers have turned out today to march on the Taoiseach’s office in Castlebar in protest...

December 5, 2014

Minister accused of discrimination against hill farmers

Minister accused of discrimination against hill farmers

The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney is insisting on imposing regulations in regard to hill and commonage farmers participating in...

December 4, 2014

IFA hill committee calls for flexibility in GLAS implementation

IFA hill committee calls for flexibility in GLAS implementation

Minister for Agriculture has been called on to allow flexibility in the implementation of his new rules for farmers to...

November 30, 2014

Commonage farmers give Minister Coveney December 1 deadline

Commonage farmers give Minister Coveney December 1 deadline

Commonage farmers have given the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, until December 1 to respond to their request for a...

November 25, 2014

Hill Farmers for Action take their case to Brussels

Hill Farmers for Action take their case to Brussels

Independent MEP Marian Harkin organised a series of meetings in Brussels for hill and commonage farmers with senior officials of...

November 11, 2014

‘GLAS application system will effectively restrict access to commonage farmers’

‘GLAS application system will effectively restrict access to commonage farmers’

Whether they appreciate it or not the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are now in danger of presiding...

November 10, 2014