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Listen: national plan balances food production and climate efforts
Thomas Hubert
While no outright cuts in greenhouse gases are expected from farming, the National Mitigation Plan challenges agriculture to produce more food and biomass without increasing its emissions.
7 December 2016 News
No recycling fee on tractor tyres
There will no charge for the recycling of tractor tyres, according to the Environment Minister Denis Naughten.
30 November -0001 News
Cavan farmer becomes new IFA environment chairman
Thomas Cooney has taken over from Harold Kinston as chairman of the IFA environment & rural affairs committee. The Cavan farmer held the vice-chair position for the past three years.
Major setback for broadband in rural Ireland
The National Broadband Plan (NBP) will not start this year as planned, leaving many rural homes and businesses without adequate broadband until 2022.
30 November -0001 News
'Agriculture has an important role to play in reaching climate targets'
Speaking in Dublin on Friday, EU Commissioner for Climate Change, Miguel Arias Cañete, said he hopes a balanced proposal for 2030 that takes Ireland's agriculture sector into account can be reached.
30 November -0001 World
Minister Coveney must address litter scourge across rural Ireland - IFA
IFA Environment & Rural Affairs Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney to lead a robust response with local authorities to tackle serial dumpers.
30 November -0001 News
IFA calls for concessions on slurry spreading
IFA environment chair Thomas Cooney is calling on the Departments of Planning and Agriculture to give concessions to farmers who spread slurry on animal welfare grounds within the closed period.
30 November -0001 News
Farmer anger over Irish Water's Shannon-Dublin pipe plan
Farmers and farm organisations have reacted with anger to the news that Irish Water's preferred pipeline route from Shannon to Dublin will affect them and their land.
30 November -0001 News
IFA and waste company claim farmers are being shortchanged by Repak
Thomas Cooney, IFA environment chair, claims that Repak, which funds the recycling of packaging produced by its members, does not use the money it receives from agribusinesses for the right purpose.
30 November -0001 News
Fianna Fáil to meet IFA on hedgecutting bill next week
Fianna Fáil is to meet with the Irish Farmers Association to discuss the party's controversial amendment to the proposed Heritage Bill next Tuesday.
30 November -0001 News
Weekly podcast: dairy jobs scheme and the Tinahely show
In this week's podcast, we hear about details of the dairy jobs scheme and we hear from the Tipperary family taking part in the BETTER farm programme.
30 November -0001 News
Overemphasis on agriculture when it comes to Ireland's water quality – IFA
IFA environment chair Thomas Cooney has said that the 43 locations where waste water is being discharged need to be dealt with and that there needs to be a ring-fenced budget for agriculture.
30 November -0001 News