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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# minister for agriculture

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# 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.
# Third Time Lucky
Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue named to replace Dara Calleary as Agriculture Minister
Dara Calleary resigned last month amid the Golfgate controversy.
# Fianna Fáil
'His remorse is genuine': Taoiseach backs Barry Cowen over drink-driving ban
The taoiseach said that he was first made aware of the incident on Friday.
# past the post
Sale of iconic Harold's Cross greyhound stadium for €23m gets go-ahead
The 89-year-old stadium shut in February and a school will be built on the site.
# Let's talk
Farmers and processors agree to two weeks of talks to try to end the beef crisis
McDonald’s and Tesco, the two biggest buyers of Irish beef, attended discussions this evening for the first time.
# Cork
Sick of parking costs, the price of fuel and paying at toll gates? - Get an electric car
(But only if you live in Cork, where a new initiative is being rolled out)
# Milking it
Easy now - Farmers start breaking milk quotas before they're supposed to
The EU’s milk quota regime will end next March – but it seems farmers may have jumped the gun in anticipation of the change.
# Exports
"I don't think we're back to cheese mountains": Coveney plays down Russian sanctions
The Agriculture Minister has said the effect on the Irish market this year might only be €8.2 million.
# giant haystacks
Farmers: We'll keep haystacks piled at the Minister's door until we get answers
“We are here, and the hay is here. We intend to stay until we get satisfactory answers.”
# Recovery
Recovering from the rains: Fishing industry battles on
However, funding remains a significant hindrance to many fishermen.
# protecting animals
It's a good day for Irish animals
A new animal Bill has been passed to replace legislation that’s 103 years old.
# horse welfare
Farmers: 18,000 'useless' horses must be slaughtered to help end crisis
The United Farmers Association has refuted Minister Coveney’s claim that there is not a major horse welfare problem in Ireland.
# graduate votes
Broad reform needed to make Seanad 'fit for modern Ireland', says Coveney
The Agriculture Minister welcomed reports that voting rights are to be extended to more graduates, but believes more ‘fundamental’ reform is needed.
# Animal Welfare
Vets 'shocked' that tail docking could be allowed under new regulations
A prominent Irish vet has said that allowing tail docking will set back the case of animal welfare in Ireland.
# Farming
Payments under €125m scheme for disadvantaged farmers start today
The payments are given to farmers living in areas considered to be at a particular disadvantaged due to factors like location in a mountainous area or restrictions due to preservation.
# Fur
Minister Coveney doesn't like fur farming but he's not banning it
In an exclusive interview with, Coveney also said that his department will be cracking down on dog fighting and introducing a strict code for bloodsports.
# Burger King
Burger King returns to 100% Irish beef
The fast food restaurant chain ended its partnership with ABP Group earlier this year because of the horsemeat scandal.
# food shortage
Over 30,000 tonnes of fodder delivered to struggling farmers
The transport subsidy was extended earlier this month, to help farmers suffering from food shortages following the harsh winter.
# Fishing
Coveney makes "major step" for Irish fishermen
The Minister for Agriculture has said that final negotiations on the Common Fisheries Policy are to begin soon.
# Fodder
Government announces €1 million fodder fund for farmers
The money will be used to reduce the price of imported fodder.
# Farmers
FF calls on Coveney to 'put his money where his mouth is' and solve fodder issue
Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív has said that farmers are now paying up to €80 for a bale of silage and have been “dramatically let down.”
# micro-chipping
ISPCA delighted with Coveney's 'progressive approach' to dog micro-chipping
The Minister for Agriculture hopes to bring in regulations which will see all dogs micro-chipped.
# Farmers
Farmers to stage protest during visit by EU agriculture commissioner
Yesterday farmers held a rally outside Minister Simon Coveney’s constituency office in Cork.
# horse burgers
'Somebody is selling rogue product, and somebody knows about it' - Coveney
The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, also said that ‘bad management’ at Silvercrest had let down the Irish food industry.
# Farmers
Decisions on CAP will be critical for future of farmers - IFA President
Addressing the associations AGM, Bryan said farmers were angry by budget cuts announced by the minister.
# Agriculture
Coveney announces €3.25 million grant for horticulture sector
The Minister for Agriculture said that the scheme is “vital to improving growers’ competitiveness”.
# fishing quotas
Mixed results for Irish fishermen after "difficult and complex negotiations"
Talks on Ireland’s fishing quotas for 2013 ended in the early hours of this morning, with Minister Coveney saying that the agreed quotas would “support our fishing industry over the coming year”.
# Fishing
Coveney warns of difficult negotiations on fishing quotas
Coveney said proposed cuts to quotas will have serious implications for Irish fishermen and jobs.
# Research
Coveney announces €32m in grants for agri-food and forest research
The Minister said this publicly funded research would ultimately make a positive contribution to the government’s Action Plan for Jobs.
# Disease
FF calls for strong enforcement of measures to prevent ash dieback spread
A survey on sites with imported ash plants over the last four years is expected in the coming weeks.
# Farmers
PHOTOS: Farmers take to Dublin to oppose possible EU cuts
The Irish Farmers’ Association says possible cuts to the EU budget could have a material impact on CAP funding.
# Protest
Minister: I understand why farmers are protesting today
The farmers are protesting against possible cuts to Common Agricultural Policy funding.
# Jobswatch
140 jobs to be created by seafood companies
The jobs will be created around the country after a new investment of €15 million in the industry.