After 18 years just 6% of turfcutters relocated – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Eighteen years after the signing into law of the EU Habitats Directive on the restriction of turf cutting on SAC designated bogs, a succession of Governments have failed to deliver on the relocation of turfcutters, stated Denis Naughten TD. “Since the introduction of bog designations, there has been a complete failure to deliver on a fundamental plank of this law, …

Roscommon farmers must not be excluded from GLAS – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten is calling on the Agriculture Minister to ensure that Roscommon farmers have the opportunity to apply under the upcoming GLAS environmental scheme.

“As the scheme is currently structured it will be difficult for farmers who don’t have SAC designated lands to access the scheme, and this would exclude thousands of farmers throughout County Roscommon,” explained Denis Naughten.

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 …