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# Charlie McConalogue

This year
# forestry strategy
Coillte forestry deal 'not government's preferred option', admits agriculture minister
The deal has come in for strong criticism from politicians, forestry groups and farmers bodies.
# working group
Working group established around dog control and ownership after recent 'harrowing scenes'
The Agriculture Minister said ‘the harrowing scenes we have witnessed recently show the threat dogs can pose’.
Last year
# Dogs
McConalogue writes to Cabinet in effort to tighten laws around control of dogs
This comes after a young boy was attacked by a dog in Co Wexford last month.
# Farming
‘Unacceptable cultural barriers’ preventing women taking over family farms
Charlie McConalogue pledged to do ‘everything we can’ to bring in policy changes.
# Bird Flu
Measure to keep all poultry inside to tackle bird flu comes into force today
The order was announced last week in response to a rise in the number of bird flu cases in wild birds.
# creeslough
'It would touch anybody's heart': Creeslough comes together for the first of 10 funerals
The community of Creeslough stood in solidarity for the funerals of Jessical Gallagher and Martin McGill.
# Ukraine grain
Agriculture Minister hits out at Putin's 'despotic regime' and 'weaponising' of food
Minister McConalogue said he and “the farm families of Ireland stand in full solidarity with our farming brothers in sisters at this time”.
'Impossible' targets would undermine agri-sector's 'green image', McConalogue told Ryan
As the debate on farming’s emissions persists, officials from the departments of agriculture and climate came before an Oireachtas committee today.
# Small businesses
New low-cost loan scheme for small businesses announced by Government
Loans will be made available to businesses whose turnover or profit was impacted by more than 15% due to Covid-19.
# splash
€32m to be given to local councils for repairs and upgrades to marine infrastructure
The funding will be used for projects such as repairing and enhancing public slipways, piers and pontoons.
# wheat and grain
Farmers say they will 'play our part in national effort' as minister to ask them to plant crops
The IFA has questioned if the request is the best use of resources for farmers to plant wheat, grain and barley.
All time
# Mica redress
Mica redress decision to come before Cabinet ‘soon’, says McConalogue
The Minister for Agriculture said he believed that any proposal brought to Cabinet would deliver 100% redress to homeowners.
# Agriculture
What is the Common Agricultural Policy, and how is it being changed to tackle climate change?
The farming subsidy is undergoing a major reform ahead of the 2023-2027 period.
# greenhouse gas
How do you solve a problem like Ireland's cows?
“A farmer will ask himself the question: If it’s expected of me to reduce, how can I sustain an income as a result of me reducing my numbers?”
Agriculture sector to have ‘really ambitious targets’ for reducing emissions
The Agriculture Minister confirmed that farmers will have to participate in eco-schemes to avail themselves of 25% of funding available under part of the programme.
# Public Health
'Trust parents': Archbishop says sacraments should proceed despite public health advice
Dermot Farrell claimed the Government’s Covid-19 measures were “discriminatory” to the Catholic Church.
# Public Health
Minister asks public and churches for patience on communions and confirmations
Charlie McConalogue asked people to follow the public health guidelines and to hold off on hosting the ceremonies.
# Question Time
Dunmore East fishermen tell Minister: 'Every year it's getting harder to make a living'
We spent a morning down in Dunmore East to hear what fishermen had to say to the Minister for the Marine.
# On track
No plans to delay 5 July reopening as Cabinet discusses Delta variant
Sources say there is no need for some of the comments around the variant to “scare” or panic people.
# mink farming
'No longer appropriate': Cabinet signs off on fur farming ban and compensation scheme for farmers
The prohibition is not expected to begin until next year, allowing farmers to see out the 2021 season.
# Flotilla
Fishermen angry over Brexit and new quotas are sailing into Cork to march on Taoiseach's office
“Surely we’re entitled to catch at least half the fish in our own waters?” a fisherman asked The Journal.
An estimated 50 fishing vessels are taking part in the protest this morning, some of which started hooting as it passed a nearby naval base.
"Surely we're entitled to catch at least half the fish in our own waters?" a fisherman asked The Journal.
Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Charlie McConalogue said fishermen faced a "challenge" post-Brexit.
So long and thanks for all the fish: Irish fishermen say UK Brexit position could spell 'unmitigated disaster'
# Funding
Minister told greyhound racing not sustainable from commercial perspective during Covid prior to State funding boost
Greyhound Racing Ireland says that the additional funding has helped it to prevent further staff layoffs.
# Holding firm
Martin vows to lead Fianna Fáil into next election
The Taoiseach also ruled out the prospect of any Fianna Fáil ministerial reshuffle in the near future.
# pet theft
Dog theft crackdown as more severe punishments could be on the way
An action plan which will tackle dog theft and animal welfare will be published in the coming weeks.
# Methanol
Recall of potentially unsafe Virapro hand sanitisers still not completed, Minister says
A product recall was ordered on 22 October due to “possible public health concerns”.
# Charlie McConalogue
Minister says there is 'no sign' of issues with other sanitisers after Virapro recall
Virapro sanitisers, which have been recalled, were in circulation in health, education and retail settings.
# virapro
Department of Agriculture advising all ViraPro sanitary products be returned to supplier on 'precautionary basis'
A notice was issued last night that the ViraPro hand sanitiser being used in schools had been recalled.
# Third Time Lucky
Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue named to replace Dara Calleary as Agriculture Minister
Dara Calleary resigned last month amid the Golfgate controversy.
# crisis
Farmers are calling a fodder crisis ...but the government says there is sufficient supply
The bad weather throughout the summer has left farmers without sufficient amounts of fodder.
# Return of The Cope
Can Fianna Fáil 'Cope' with this ex-minister's comeback?
Pat The Cope Gallagher is seeking the Fianna Fáil nomination in Donegal.
# bantz
This new Ógra Fiánna Fáil recruitment poster is magnificently cheesy
Where do I sign up?
# Bus Eireann
Bus Éireann faces criticism over new online payment system
Concerns are mounting about rural users facing difficulties with the service.
# peace out
TDs stand for Gaza as Deaf community makes Dáil history
There was an unexpected, wildcard move from Gerry Adams, and the Tánaiste did a bit of waving.
# jcsa
Hundreds of teachers won't be trained for the new English curriculum by September
It has prompted renewed calls from the opposition for changes to the Junior Cycle to be delayed.
# junior cycle student award
4.5 days: The amount of training English teachers will get for junior cycle reform
Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said he “would’ve loved” if the working group on junior certificate reform could have met last year but ASTI made that impossible.
# Cuts
Apprentices to pay higher fees as budget cuts kick in
The costs are associated with registration fees paid to the institutes of technology attended by those in SOLAS/FÁS programmes.
# Medical Cards
Reilly: 2014 will be the most challenging year ever for health services
The Minister for Health was speaking in the Dáil today where he defended the decision to lower medical card income limits.
# Budget 2014
TD accused of 'recycling' two-year-old list of education cuts
Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has raised concerns about spending cuts proposed by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn ahead of October’s Budget, but Labour says he’s trying to “increase his personal profile”.
# Abortion
'A slur on the women of Ireland': Shatter slams abortion bill opponents
Meanwhile it appears the majority of Fianna Fáil TDs will oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill as a marathon Dáil debate continues.
# Special Needs
Tánaiste insists: We're not cutting the budget for special needs teaching
Children with special educational needs face a reduction in the amount of time allocated to them from next September. But Eamon Gilmore said this did not amount to a cut.