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Macra na Feirme today launches their Future of Work and Rural Transport policy documents which both aim to improve the quality of life for those working and living in rural Ireland. The Future of Work document focuses on three issues that Macra na Feirme believes will be vitally important to workers across Ireland, these include broadband, working hubs and work-life balance. “Workers will shortly travel back to their places of work, and the internet connection issues which we have all tolerated will become less acceptable. The delivery of these objectives will greatly aid in the development and the revitalisation of...

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Incoming Macra na Feirme President, John Keane told members at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday May 15th that the commitment they have given over the past eighteen months will bear fruits as we as a nation emerge from the pandemic. “To all those members and staff that have put the shoulder to the wheel keeping our communities safe, and at the same time keeping members engaged, I ask you to stick with it and go to the Well one more time” said incoming Macra na Feirme President John Keane. President Keane told AGM delegates that young people in rural areas...

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At the Annual General Meeting of Macra na Feirme, delegates from across the country gathered via video conference to witness the handover from Cavan man Thomas Duffy to Laois native and North Tipperary Macra member, John Keane.   In his inaugural address as the 38th National President of Macra na Feirme, John Keane urged the Government, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Minister Charlie McConalogue to “be brave, back our young farmers”.   “There are many challenges facing young farmers: the environment, carbon and habitat loss, and changes in the future CAP are combining to create economic uncertainty in many sectors.  What we as young farmer...

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Macra has today launched its position on CAP Green Architecture and proposed eco-schemes from 2023 Speaking at today’s launch of the ‘Lean and Green; Macra na Feirme’s vision on the Green Architecture of CAP post-2023’ document, Macra National President Thomas Duffy stated the importance of a clear vision for the environmental elements of the next CAP. “This is something we must be proactive about, young farmers will be affected by this reform for years to come,” said Macra President Duffy, “but young farmers also need to be put at the fore of all future environmental measures. The greater value for...

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Macra has been invited to present on the broader issues associated with CAP reform post 2023   Macra na Feirme will today at 10:30am appear ahead of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture to lay out it’s plans to address restrictions on peat soils for farmers and the need for more investment in generational renewal.   “It’s vital that Ireland commit to no less than 4% of direct payments to be directed to young farmers. This forthcoming CAP is the time to get serious on generational renewal and put money where their mouths are,” said Macra na Feirme National President Thomas Duffy speaking ahead of today’s meeting.  The Committee meeting...

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