Rural Independent Group

Call for hardship support scheme for pig farmers

Call for hardship support scheme for pig farmers

The Rural Independent Group of TDs is calling on the government to provide a hardship support scheme for pig farmers,...

January 13, 2022

Energy price surge due to poorly planned green policies – TD

Energy price surge due to poorly planned green policies – TD

The leader of the Rural Independent Group has claimed that rising energy prices are due to “zealous and poorly planned...

January 13, 2022

Rural communities weaken as bank branches close – TD

Rural communities weaken as bank branches close – TD

The leader of the Rural Independent Group has called for a Dáil debate on the decision to sell part of...

December 23, 2021

Rural communities ‘the big loser’ in Climate Action Plan

Rural communities ‘the big loser’ in Climate Action Plan

Rural communities “will be the big loser” in the Climate Action Plan 2021, according to one group of independent TDs....

November 5, 2021

Budgetary measures must ‘terminate government-inflicted urban bias’

Budgetary measures must ‘terminate government-inflicted urban bias’

2022 budgetary measures “must provide a concrete commitment to rural and regional equity and terminate government-inflicted urban bias”, the Rural...

October 6, 2021

Forestry: ‘Cliff-edge drop in productivity gone on far too long’

Forestry: ‘Cliff-edge drop in productivity gone on far too long’

The Rural Independent Group is calling on the Department of Agriculture to “finally resolve” the forestry crisis. TD for Cork...

September 20, 2021

Belview plant: An Taisce slammed for ‘vindictive’ appeal

Belview plant: An Taisce slammed for ‘vindictive’ appeal

The intense criticism of An Taisce is continuing after the environmental group announced its intention to seek leave to appeal...

August 12, 2021

Rural independent TDs claim government ‘negligent’ over post offices

Rural independent TDs claim government ‘negligent’ over post offices

The government must “wake up and intervene” to remove the threat of post offices closing, according to the Rural Independent...

June 22, 2021

Rural Independents: TDs ‘have turned their backs on family farms’

Rural Independents: TDs ‘have turned their backs on family farms’

TDs have “turned their backs on rural Ireland and on family farms” by voting through the Climate Action Bill, the...

June 17, 2021

Climate Action Bill ‘blatantly attacks fabric of rural Ireland’

Climate Action Bill ‘blatantly attacks fabric of rural Ireland’

A group of TDs has claimed that the Climate Action Bill, which is set to be passed by the Dáil...

June 15, 2021

Rural Independents slam ombudsman consultation extension

Rural Independents slam ombudsman consultation extension

The Rural Independents Group of TDs has slammed the move by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue...

June 5, 2021

TDs given extension on food ombudsman consultation

TDs given extension on food ombudsman consultation

Members of the Oireachtas (Dáil and Seanad) have been offered a second chance to make a submission to the consultation...

June 5, 2021

Company owned by TD and farmer Danny Healy-Rae shows €400k profit

Company owned by TD and farmer Danny Healy-Rae shows €400k profit

By Gordon Deegan The plant-hire and civil engineering company owned by outspoken independent Kerry TD and farmer, Danny Healy-Rae, enjoyed post-tax profits of €444,714...

May 19, 2021

‘Broken promises and empty statements’: Motion on rural investment voted against

‘Broken promises and empty statements’: Motion on rural investment voted against

A motion brought forward by the Rural Independent Group for “supporting rural Ireland” was voted against last night (Wednesday, May...

May 13, 2021

‘Flawed’ climate bill: ‘We might as well close the gates of rural Ireland’

‘Flawed’ climate bill: ‘We might as well close the gates of rural Ireland’

The new climate bill – an “agri and rural bashing bill” – will “kill the economy while doing nothing to...

April 20, 2021

KBC exit: Rural TDs say they are ‘profoundly alarmed’

KBC exit: Rural TDs say they are ‘profoundly alarmed’

Members of the Rural Independents group of TDs have said they are “profoundly alarmed” at the decision by KBC Bank...

April 19, 2021

Rural TDs call on Central Bank to instruct insurers to pay on Covid disruption

Rural TDs call on Central Bank to instruct insurers to pay on Covid disruption

The ‘Rural Independents’ group of TDs has called on the government and the Central Bank to ensure valid insurance claims...

February 9, 2021

‘Government’s chaotic approach will cause widespread isolation’

‘Government’s chaotic approach will cause widespread isolation’

The government’s “messy and chaotic approach will cause widespread isolation” over the Christmas period, according to the Rural Independent Group....

December 23, 2020