US beef market welcome, now we must exploit its potential – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement by Minister Simon Coveney of the opening of the beef trade to the United States stating that the Minister and his officials “must be commended in their efforts to open up a major potential market for premium Irish beef”. “While there is potential to compete directly with US produced beef in the …

Over 7000 farmers await €40m in farm payments– Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

he disclosure by the Minister for Agriculture that over 7,000 farmers are still awaiting payments of €40m from the Department of Agriculture is “placing undue financial hardship on families”, according to TD Denis Naughten “Famers are forced to carry the cost of delayed payments, many of whom require payments to meet loans & other bills,” stated Denis Naughten.  “While many …

Naughten get commitment on farm tax changes

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed changes to the farm tax proposals announced in the recent budget which ensures that young farmers can avail of a number of land access tax reliefs.

“Under the original proposals announced in the budget part time farmers were excluded from availing of long term farm leases & land transfers. The exclusion of this group would disproportionally affect farming in the West of Ireland” said Denis Naughten.

Shambolic turf compensation scheme – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Minister reveals appeals mechanism reviewed after just one appeal The appeals process established to adjudicate on applications for bog relocations for turf cutters has described as “shambolic” by Denis Naughten TD. “Firstly, the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht is dragging its heels in issuing rejection letters to turf cutters who had their applications refused,” explained Denis Naughten. “In …

16 months into AEOS3 farmers still waiting for 1st full payment – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

The fact that farmers are still waiting to receive a 25% of their AEOS 3 payment for 2013 has been described as “unacceptable” by local TD Denis Naughten.  A total of 6,000 farmers were approved into the AEOS 3 environmental scheme with a contract commencement date of 1 May 2013. However, due to delays with red tape it took until …

Brakes must be put on sheep decline

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Minister must protect €18m sheep fund or face further Hacketstown-type closures Denis Naughten TD has called on the Minister for Agriculture to take action to support the sheep sector which he claimed is showing further worrying signs of decline. While sheep numbers stabilised between 2010 and 2012, numbers declined last year by 3.1% and this also corresponded with an increase …

Unacceptable that 4,399 local farmers face payment delays – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Press release Tuesday 19th November 2013 The revelation by the Department of Agriculture that over 4,300 farmers in Roscommon, Leitrim and Galway are still awaiting payments from the Department of Agriculture is “completely unacceptable”, according to local TD Denis Naughten “In reality it means that approximately 645 farmers in County Leitrim, 1,210 in Co. Roscommon and 2,476 in County Galway are …

Naughten to question Agriculture Minister on local office closure

In Agriculture, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten will again question Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney on the planned closure of the public desk at the Department of Agriculture offices in Roscommon Town. “This decision will have a detrimental effect on farmers throughout the region who are not computer literate and will now have to try to deal with sometimes very complex issues over the …

Call for redeployment of Agriculture staff to fuel laundering crackdown – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Transfer of Special Investigations Unit staff from Agriculture to Revenue could save €42.5m Denis Naughten TD has called on the Minister for Finance to secure the transfer of staff from the Department of Agriculture’s Special Investigations Unit to Customs & Excise to deal with the spiralling cost of fuel laundering. “Not only is fuel laundering forcing legitimate employers out of …

Naughten seeks place on Agriculture Committee

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed that he is seeking to be appointed to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture. A motion will be placed before the Dáil today (Wednesday) calling for additional places to be added to certain Oireachtas committees, including the Agriculture Committee. Outlining his reasons for seeking a return to the Committee on which he was previously a …