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Health Minister Responds To GP-Led Care Working Group

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has responded to the GP–Led Care Working Group report. Michelle O’Neill said: “I have considered the report and recommendations of the working group set up to review GP-led care services here. The report is clear – we need to take action now to address the challenges…

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O’Neill Announces Opening Of Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements Transfer Window

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced that farmers will have their first opportunity to transfer Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlements when the Entitlements window opens on 4 April. The Minister stated: “From 4 April farmers and agents can begin transferring entitlements for 2016 BPS”. Entitlements can be transferred by gift,…

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O’Neill Concerned About 41% Drop In Agricultural Incomes

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill re-affirmed her determination to continue working to help farmers as a fall in 2015 agricultural income is announced. Commenting on the figures, the Minister, said: “Farmers have been hit significantly hard by low prices throughout last year and though it will come as no surprise that…

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Agencies At The Ready To Respond To Flooding Says O’Neill

Emergency flood responders are on high alert in response to the Met Office amber weather warning, Flooding Minister Michelle O’Neill has advised. The combination of high winds and heavy rain is expected to bring medium levels of disruption from 9pm tonight to 7am tomorrow morning. The Minister said her Rivers…

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DARD Delivers On Payment Promise Says O’Neill

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced that her department had delivered on its promise to make 95% of payments to eligible applicants under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) schemes by the end of December. The Minister added that this year’s payments had equalled last year’s Single Farm Payments record….

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Minister O’Neill Says Fisheries Bill Will Help Sustain Fishing Communities

Fisheries Minister Michelle O’Neill today introduced a new Bill into the Assembly aimed at protecting and enhancing the limited supply of fish and sustaining fishing communities. The Fisheries Bill, which covers sea fisheries and inland fisheries powers, will also ensure EU commitments are met and will strengthen the regulatory framework,…

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CAP Payments For 2015 Have Been Made Says O’Neill

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced that payments under CAP schemes totalling £154million have been issued today. Today marks the beginning of the payment period for 2015 CAP Schemes, with just under 18,000 payments to be issued on 1 December. Announcing that payments had commenced, the Minister said: “I am…

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O’Neill To Introduce Legislation To Make BVD Testing Compulsory

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O’Neill has announced that she will bring legislation to make testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus in new-born calves, including stillbirths and abortions, compulsory. The Minister said: “My officials will bring forward draft legislation for consideration by the Committee for Agriculture and…

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Rural Needs Bill Will Safeguard Rural Communities Says O’Neill

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has said there is a requirement to safeguard the needs of rural communities through statute. This move may have implications for the delivery of the health service and local hospitals such as the Downe Hospital in Downpatrick and the Daisy Hill Hospital in…

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DARD Minister O’Neill Says Cooperation Needed To Rebuild Agri-Food Sector

Co-operation is vital to rebuild trust and tackle the challenges facing the agri-food industry says DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill. There is a need to rethink the traditional understanding of the supply chain to rebuild trust across the agri-food industry. That was the key message today from Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill…

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EU Says North Is Now Officially Brucellosis Free

The EU Commission has approved the North’s application for Official Brucellosis Free (OBF) status, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill confirmed today. Stating that a controlled reduction of the programme would be introduced as soon as possible after official publication of the Commission Decision, the Minister said: “Attainment of OBF status for…

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Forests Are Vital Community Resource Says O’Neill

Forestry Minister Michelle O’Neill has said that forests are a vital community resource to be enjoyed by all. Minister O’Neill was speaking as she welcomed findings from a recent visitor survey commissioned by the Forest Service, which indicates that there are approximately 4.7 million visits to Forest Service woodlands annually…

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O’Neill Praises Role Of Women And Young People In LAG’s

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has commended the vital contribution of women and young people to rural development through the newly formed Local Action Groups (LAGs). The Rural Development Council (RDC) revealed that women and young people constitute 62.6% of the total membership of the ten LAG’s across…

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O’Neill Announces New Capital Grant Programme To Make Life Better For Rural Communities

DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced a new funding programme specifically designed to improve the lives of those living in rural communities. The Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme will be delivered by local Rural Support Networks on behalf of DARD. The Programme will be open for applications from Monday 13…

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O’Neill Announces Payment Rates For Less Favoured Area Scheme

AGRICULTURE Minister Michelle O’Neill has confirmed that the payment rates for the 2014 Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances Scheme (LFACA) will remain the same as last year. The payment rates for 2014 are £23.81 per hectare in Disadvantaged Areas and Common Land and £47.62 per hectare in Severely Disadvantaged Areas….

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