Rural strategy right but will Dublin decisionmakers deliver it? asks Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Environment, Families, Infrastructure, Jobs, Local Issues, News, Older People, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

Plan can bring life into village streets   Denis Naughten TD, Chair of the Dáil’s Rural Affairs Committee, has welcomed the Government’s Rural Future plan which he says, if delivered, will give families a real option of living in their own home in a rural community instead of renting in Dublin City. However, Denis Naughten has warned that the key …

BEAM extension welcome but farmers must have options – Naughten

In Agriculture, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed confirmation that farmers can opt for alternative reference dates for BEAM. However, he pointed out that farmers should be deemed to comply if they achieve the 5% reduction in any 12-month period between July 2020 and January 2022 rather than being tied to specific dates defined by the Department of Agriculture. “The Department has now …

Potential BEAM extension welcome but farmers must have options – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed clarification from the EU Commission that the Minister for Agriculture can alter the reference dates for the BEAM, however he cautioned that farmers should be deemed to comply if they achieve the 5% reduction in any 12 month period between July 2020 and 2022. “I understand that the European Commission has replied to a letter …

16 months after BEAM closure nitrogen calculator under “development” – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

In a clear admission that the BEAM nitrogen calculations are in disarray, the Minister for Agriculture has disclosed to Denis Naughten TD that his Department is in the process of developing an online BEAM calculator. In response to a request by Denis Naughten for farmers to be provided with their bovine livestock manure nitrogen on their holding for the months …

BEAM numbers don’t add up – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Current reports presented to farmers on BEAM livestock reduction targets are misleading according to Denis Naughten TD, who has called on the Minister for Agriculture to provide each farmer with transparent information that can be used to determine if farmers will comply with the July 2021 target or not. In Dáil Éireann this week Denis Naughten will request that the …

Urgent intervention needed on Lough Funshinagh flooding – Naughten

In Agriculture, Environment, Families, Mid-Roscommon, News, Older People, Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has again been in communication with the Minister for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan TD, and Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue TD, seeking their urgent intervention on the rapidly deteriorating situation on the ground at Lough Funshinagh. “Water levels are now 9cm higher than the historic high-water mark set in April 2020 and as …

Naughten questions justification for on-farm inspections

In Agriculture, Health, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has questioned the Minister for Agriculture in the Dáil as to the reason for the continuation of on-farm inspections during the level 5 lockdown. Commenting on the issue Denis Naughten said: “I have been contacted by many farmers who cannot see the justification for these inspections at a time when there are such concerns over the level …

Dáil replies on Lough Funshinagh flooding

In Agriculture, Blog, Families, Mid-Roscommon, Older People by Denis Naughten

Attached are Dáil replies that I received this week on the flooding at Lough Funshinagh. As you can see some of the replies disappointingly are still outstanding. I have also submitted written queries on last weeks Dáil replies to the Heritage Division and the Geological Survey. I understand that a follow up meeting to this weeks Ministerial meeting is now …

Flexibility needed on BEAM reduction in light of suckler numbers – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

6% reduction in national suckler numbers should be sufficient   Denis Naughten TD has called for penalties associated with the 5% reduction of bovine livestock manure nitrogen under the beef exceptional aid measure (BEAM) to be waived for farmers due to the implications of Covid-19 on the movement of livestock. His call comes in light of figures showing that the …