Failure to back date fair deal could be open to court challenge – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Families, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has raised the prospect of court challenge to the reform of the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme due to the failure to recognise farm transfers in advance of an older person entering long term care.   “Under the new law older people who transferred the family farm and entitlements to a successor prior to entering a …

Has the Department of Agriculture thrown in the towel on climate?

In Agriculture, Blog, Environment by Denis Naughten

We are exporting €8bn in beef and dairy products every year but we are investing only €2m or 0.025% in addressing agricultural methane, which leads to the question: has the Department of Agriculture thrown in the towel already?   While many of us on the constructive side of the climate debate have tried to argue for a practical approach to …

Key questions remain unanswered as Climate Bill rushed through the Dáil

In Agriculture, Environment, Families, Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

We get answers to legitimate questions asked here in Dáil Eireann on the impact of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill before we consider Report Stage in the Dáil tomorrow.   On the financial impacts alone, we are still without basic answers.   On 19th May I asked the Taoiseach to ensure that we have sight of the …

Government rejects Climate Council recommendation on farm methane – Naughten

In Agriculture, Environment, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has said that he is disappointed that the Environment Minister Eamon Ryan has rejected an amendment based on the Climate Change Advisory Council recommendation for a separate climate target for farm generated (biogenic) methane which would ensure that the agricultural sector does not face a disproportionate share of the climate reduction targets over the coming years.   …

Regional Independents to seek Dail approval for carbon budgets and separate targets for agriculture – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Infrastructure, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

The Regional Independent TDs will table changes to the Climate Bill that will require Dáil approval of all carbon budgets as well as a separate emission target for agriculture to ensure it does not become the scapegoat for failures in other Government Departments. “We do not want to undermine the overall objective behind the Climate Bill, but we believe the …

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 …