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The Macra Presidential Candidates Announced The Macra na Feirme 38th Presidential and Vice-Presidential nomination process is now complete. The nomination process for Macra na Feirme’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates has now closed and the election candidates have been announced. Bi-annually, Macra clubs elect a new National President and three Vice Presidents to represent the young farmers and rural youth organisation. This year’s candidates include: Candidates for National President John Keane, North Tipperary Daniel Long, South Tipperary Leinster Vice President Candidates Claire Gough, Meath Munster Vice President Candidates Áine McCarthy, Imokilly, Cork Elaine Houlihan, Limerick North West Vice President Candidates Luna...

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Macra na Feirme welcomes the recent announcement that the Department of Agriculture, have secured approval for 20 additional full time 2-year contract teaching posts for Teagasc to support Green Certificate education. “Education of young farmers is one of the reasons Ireland is a world leader in agriculture. The ongoing dedication to agricultural education by the Department of Agriculture is excellent news for the next generation of young farmers”, according to the Macra na Feirme National President Thomas Duffy. This is an important commitment made by the Department of Agriculture, and it shows support for the future of young farmers in...

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Can our involvement in community organisations such as Macra na Feirme have a beneficial impact on our careers? Dead right it can, according to career coach Liam Horan of SliNuaCareers.com. “The things you do in your spare time can reveal a great deal about you. They can show that you are community minded, effective within a team and committed to developing your skills and knowledge,” said Liam. “We are not linear beings. We are not just our careers or our professions. There is so much more to us. The person we are is influenced by a wide variety of factors,...

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Macra na Feirme retains its position as the third highest lobby organisation on the Lobby Register following the close of the most recent lobby period behind IBEC and the Irish Farmers’ Association. Macra na Feirme engaged in a nationwide lobby campaign involving young farmers and young rural workers with numerous Ministers, MEPs, TDs & Senators lobbied on supports needed for young farmers and rural young people in Ireland. The most recent lobbying activities registered by Macra na Feirme included the importance of digitalization of Rural Ireland and the important role in which young farmers will play in future EU environmental...

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Macra na Feirme welcome Minister McConalogue’s recent commitment to accommodate the ‘forgotten farmers’ for payments under the new CAP. “We are delighted with the news and we welcome Minister McConalogue’s commitment to resolving the matter for the affected young farmers in the new CAP arrangements. This has been a long time coming as these young farmers have been left out in the cold for far too long”, said Macra na Feirme National President Thomas Duffy. Macra na Feirme have been lobbying for this for a number of years with previous Agriculture Ministers and have raised the matter with the EU...

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