Motor Industry Calls for Budget to avoid further destabilising Car Market

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the month of September were down 17.9% (3,201) when compared to September 2017 (3,897). Registrations year to date are down 4.2% (123,099) on the same period last year (128,548). New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations […]

Varadkar Divide & Conquer Strategy Unfair To Carers – MEP

The divide and conquer strategy of Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar which aims to create tension between state pension receivers and carers in the upcoming budget emphasised the valuable role of the independent political voice in government. This assertion by Independent MEP Marian Harkin related to a newspaper report that Minister Varadkar had warned […]

Strong Message From IFA To Support Farm Income In Budget ’17

Addressing Oireachtas members in Dublin as part of IFA’s pre-Budget campaign, IFA President Joe Healy said next month’s Budget is a major test of the Government’s commitment to farm families who are under serious income pressure after a year of low product and dreadful weather conditions.   IFA officers who met TDs & Senators also […]

Most Students Unhappy With Budget

New survey information was released by the Union of Students in Ireland today outlining student’s reactions to the Budget. 93.3% of students think the current government doesn’t prioritise education. 80% of students will vote for another party in the General Election after seeing the Budget priorities. 66.7% of students feel let down by the current […]

Budget Measures Support Farming And The Rural Economy

IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed the further progress made on farm taxation measures in today’s Budget, in particular the introduction by the Government of measures on farm succession to encourage a new generation of farmers to get involved with their parents in the business at an early stage. He said a tax credit of […]

Govt Must Fix Discrimination Against Self- Employed Before Imposing Additional Taxes – Bryan

IFA President John Bryan has said that any proposal for a mandatory increase to PRSI for the self-employed would place an unfair additional cost on self-employed workers and must be rejected.   Mr Bryan said, “Under the existing PRSI system, employees receive benefits that are not available to the self-employed, such as Jobseeker’s and Illness […]

IFA Present Farm Taxation Proposals to Department of Finance

An IFA delegation, led by IFA President John Bryan and Farm Business Committee Chairman, Tom Doyle, recently met with Department of Finance officials to discuss the key taxation issues for farming. John Bryan said, “The taxation proposals presented in the IFA pre-Budget submission highlight important tax measures thatincrease efficiency, encourage timely farm transfers and overall, […]

IFA Pre-Budget Submission Highlights Potential Of Sector For Growth

Launching the Association’s pre-budget submission Support for Agriculture Critical to Underpin Growth in Dublin this afternoon (Wed), IFA President John Bryan said that continued investment in agriculture will deliver economic growth, increased exports and jobs.   John Bryan said, “Farming is experiencing a very difficult year in 2012, through a combination of dreadful weather, soaring […]

Government Must Take Impact Of Spiralling Fuel Costs Into Account In Next Budget

IFA President John Bryan said that spiralling fuel and energy costs are aggravating an already serious income situation on farms due the worst summer weather for decades.  “Ever increasing fuel prices are putting inordinate pressure on farmers’ margins, but also on the agricultural supply and processing sectors, as agricultural goods and inputs tend to be […]

Irish Citizen’s letter to EVERY minister in the Government

“Dear Minister, I am a typical Irish citizen, I’m 41, I work full-time as a bar manager, I pay my mortgage each month with my partner for my little terraced home in the border town of Dundalk, I pay my taxes (even though our roads are falling apart, my local hospital is all but closed, […]