Minister must extend eligibility for Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme to all Co-ops and Private Feed Merchants – Smyth

– Overly restrictive Scheme smacks of a Minister playing catch up and devising policy on the go – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth has called for the Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme announced by the Minister for Agriculture to be made available through all Co-Ops as well as private feed merchants. “The Scheme is […]

Ministers cannot ignore farmers’ stamp duty concerns – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on Ministers Michael Creed and Paschal Donoghue to engage with farming organisations over concerns about changes to stamp duty made in the Budget. Stamp duty on commercial land transactions were from 2% to 6%, and farmers are now worried that they’ll be hit with this higher […]

Farmers in Cavan and Monaghan left behind by scandalous GLAS delays – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has slammed the Agriculture Minister for failing to meet his commitment to farmers to have GLAS payments made by the end of April. More than 100 farmers across Cavan and Monaghan are still waiting on their 2016 GLAS payments. Deputy Smyth commented, “This situation has gone beyond a […]

Border region will pay the price for Minister’s lacklustre Brexit plan – Smyth

– Govt must get serious about Brexit threat – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth is calling on the Agriculture Minister to beef up the Government’s Brexit plans ahead of the triggering of Article 50.  She has described the Government’s approach to date as laissez faire and is warning that unless a coherent plan […]

Farmers angered by Ministers mixed messages on slurry spreading – Smyth

– Govt Ministers make conflicting statements about exemptions – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on Ministers Creed and Coveney to immediately clarify whether farmers can apply for an exemption to spread slurry past the 15th October deadline. The Taoiseach, the Agriculture Minister and the Housing Minister have made conflicting statements about […]

Concern expressed as cattle going to slaughter early due to plummeting milk prices

Fianna Fáil Deputy Niamh Smyth is concerned for the viability of farming following the worrying scenarios which dairy farmers in Cavan and Monaghan have been left with due to the ongoing dairy crisis. “Farmers out there in my own constituency are crippled financially at present. What I have heard at my clinics is stark. Farmers […]

Farmers in Cavan & Monaghan left high and dry because of serious delays to TAMS payments

Fewer than 150 applications approved to date  Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says farmers across the two counties are up in arms because of severe delays in the TAMS application process.  Almost 600 farmers in Cavan and Monaghan applied for funding under the scheme, since it opened last year.  However, only 145 have […]

Smyth disappointed Minister hasn’t formed Agricultural Cross Border Forum following Brexit Referendum

Lack of urgency on this issue by Minister of little comfort for farmers in Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she is disappointed by the response from the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed regarding the implementation of an Agricultural cross border forum in light of the Brexit Referendum result. “I asked […]