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NIIRTA Comments On PM Brexit Speech

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed concern with the Prime Ministers announcement that the UK leaving the EU Single Market and Customs Union will have a negative impact on Northern Ireland and its border with the Republic. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “It is very clear…

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McIlveen Welcomes EU Fisheries Council Results

The annual Fisheries Council in Brussels held each year to determine the fishing opportunities of the national fleets for EU members will soon have one member missing from the process… the UK. Following the British exit from the EU, fisheries policy will be determined nationally. While many UK fishermen welcome…

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McIlveen Encourages Northern Ireland Farmers To Take Advantage o Of  €150million EU Dairy Aid Scheme

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen today announced details of a €150million European Union aid scheme to incentivise farmers to voluntarily reduce their milk deliveries. The Milk Production Reduction Aid is part of a €500million aid package, agreed at the Agri-Fish Council in July, designed to encourage farmers to reduce milk production…

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UK Farming Union Presidents Unite In Call For Competitive Farming Sector

The UK farming sector is a strong dynamic industry with huge potential outside the EU, the presidents of the four UK farming unions agreed today. Speaking after discussions in Brussels with presidents of European farming unions, the presidents of NFU, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru and the Ulster Farmers Union jointly…

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Strangford MP Jim Shannon Expresses Concern About Plans For EU Army

Strangford MP Jim Shannon has expressed his concerns about proposals to create a new army in the EU. He said” “I see that secret plans for an EU Army have been leaked ahead of the referendum showing how the plans are intentionally being kept secret from the voters so as…

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Morrow Says NI Stronger In EU As Referendum Campaign Kicks Off

Alliance East Belfast Assembly candidate Tim Morrow has said Northern Ireland is stronger as part of the EU, as the European referendum campaign officially kicked off. Councillor Morrow said Northern Ireland, as well as the wider UK, benefited from its membership of the organisation, as both the Remain and Leave…

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Mercosur Deal Unacceptable Says UFU

Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ian Marshall has said the EU trade deal on offer to the Mercosur countries of South America is an ‘unacceptable risk’ to the livelihoods of farmers in Northern Ireland. (The Mercosur countries that are involved in the trade negotiation are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela)….

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Brexit Issues Must Be Debated Says UFU

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says both sides in the debate on the EU referendum need to be set out in detail and their visions of the future for agriculture in or out of the EU and the Common Agricultural Policy prior to to upcoming referendum. However, it says that to…

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European Exit Would Be Disastrous For Our Agriculture And Rural Communities Warns O’Neill

A referendum in favour of a Brexit would have disastrous consequences for agriculture and rural development, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has warned. In the months to come, local farmers and fishermen, people involved in the food production industries, rural communities and in fact everyone with a vote will have to…

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O’Neill Meets DEFRA Minister To Seek Support For North’s Farmers

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today met British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Liz Truss, to seek her support in lobbying the European Union on behalf of the north’s farming industry. The Minister led a delegation to London to outline the specific difficulties facing the North’s dairy…

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CAP Payment Details Published

Details of CAP payments made to beneficiaries under The European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) schemes have now been published. Visit the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website for the 2014 EU financial year (payments made between 16 October 2013…

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EU Continues To Make Significant Contribution Says McCann And Bell

Junior Ministers Jennifer McCann and Jonathan Bell today met with the recently appointed Commissioner for Regional Policy, Commissioner Corina Cretu and stressed the importance of the EU’s Regional Policy to our economy and consolidating peace. The Junior Ministers and Commissioner Cretu discussed regional policy issues and the work of the…

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O’Neill Launches £2.6million Scheme For County Down Fishing Communities

FISHERIES Minister Michelle O’Neill officially launched the £2.6million South East Area European Fisheries Fund during a visit to the County Down fishing port of Ardglass. The £2.6million programme of investment is provided through the European Fisheries Fund and is aimed at supporting projects and initiatives that focus on the sustainable…

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MEP Calls For More Co-operation Over Fisheries Issues in EU

MEP Martina Anderson has voiced disappointment at the lack of cooperation from one of her fellow MEPs during the CFP reform negotiations that were going through the EU Parliament last week. Martina Anderson said: “These negotiations are extremely important for the local fishing industry and I feel that as MEP’s it…

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