Nearly Three Quarters Of Ireland’s Bathing Waters Are Excellent

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, Bathing Water Quality in Ireland 2017, has found that the overall quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains good with 132 of 142 identified waters meeting strict EU standards.  These standards provide a high level of protection for bathers. Nearly three quarters of bathing waters were classed as ‘excellent’ with 102 […]

UL Led Research Centre To Create More Than 100 Jobs

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD  launched the latest Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre, CONFIRM – a ‘smart manufacturing’ research centre led by University of Limerick (UL) and involving 42 companies. The centre is funded by SFI and industry to a value of €47 million, making it one of the […]

New Research Shows Volunteers Making Major Impact In Rural Communities

A new report published by Volunteer Ireland and NUI Galway explores how volunteering impacts the development and sustainability of rural communities. The report was launched at NUI Galway to mark National Volunteering Week (14th – 20thMay) by Minister Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources and Pat Spillane, Ambassador for the Action Plan […]

Get Walking, Get Talking – IFA Announces Forest Walks in Support of Green Ribbon Campaign

IFA President Joe Healy has encouraged farm families to attend and support ‘Let’s Talk and Walk’ forest walks organised by IFA in partnership with See Change, Coillte, and Mental Health Ireland in support of the Green Ribbon campaign this month.   Eight walks have been organised in venues throughout the country during May, which is […]

Flood Risk Management Projects Should Be Fast-Tracked – IFA

Attending the launch of the  Flood Risk Management Plans in Athlone, IFA Flood Project Team Chairman Padraic Joyce said the progress was welcome, but farmland impacted by flooding has to be part of the plans.   The CFRAMS cannot focus on urban areas alone and has to be extended to provide flood risk management plans […]

April Sees A Slight Increase In New Car Registrations

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the month of April were up 3.33% (8,102) when compared to April 2017 (7,841), while new cars registrations year to date remain down 4.68% (79,897) on the same period last year (83,823). New Light Commercial Vehicle […]

14 New Cottage Markets To Open Across Ireland

14 new Cottage Markets are set to open in towns across the country this year as a result of the ‘Cottage Market’ initiative unveiled by GIY and supported by The Ireland Funds. The 14 new market locations are in addition to the 15 markets already established by the initiative in 2017. And today, GIY is […]

INMO Survey Shows 71% Of Students Considering Leaving Ireland On Graduation

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) carried out a survey of 2018 4th Year Students on their plans for when they graduate. The results of the survey are as follows:   71% are considering leaving Ireland; 60% are considering leaving the public health service to work in the private sector; 57% have already been approached […]

Minister Creed Ignoring Sheep Farmers By Imposing Compulsory Electronic Tagging – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed on the imposition of compulsorily electronic sheep tagging on all sheep from October 1st is adding insult to injury after the fodder crisis and the financial challenges sheep farmers have had to endure this winter.   He said it is astonishing that Minister Creed […]

IFA Presses Minister Ring For Increase In Number Of Walks In Scheme

IFA President Joe Healy has impressed on Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring the need to increase the number of walks covered by the Walks Scheme from 40 to 80, and to increase the funding from €2m to €4m.   At a meeting last week, the IFA President reminded the Minister that this […]

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