Remembrance Service

June 26, 2017
Remembrance Service

PAC Chairman, Michael Sheehan represented PAC Ireland at the annual Embrace FARM Accident Remembrance Service on Sunday 25th June, at the Church of the Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix, Portaloise. Also attending was Minster for Agriculture, Michael Creed, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flannigan and Minister responsible for Workplace Safety, Pat Breen.  Mairead McGuinness, MEP and…

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EU Agri Meeting in Kilkenny

June 5, 2017
EU Agri Meeting in Kilkenny

Over the past year PAC Ireland has attended a wide range of agricultural forums and meetings in Europe and Ireland providing the only representation for agricultural contractors at these events.  Most recently representatives from over twenty-four countries attended the Agricultural Digital Innovation Hubs seminar, which took place in Kilkenny on 1st/2nd June and was hosted…

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PAC at Round Table Meeting with Ministers

June 1, 2017
PAC at Round Table Meeting with Ministers

Minister Pat Breen, with responsibility for safety in the workplace, along with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, hosted a round table meeting at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  Major stakeholders were invited to put forward proposals on how to tackle the increasing number of accidents and fatalities in the agricultural sector.  On the…

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Brexit – The Irish Perspective

April 24, 2017
Brexit – The Irish Perspective

Today Tom Murphy was there for agricultural contractors at the heart of European debate.  He attended “Brexit and Beyond: Perspectives on the future of agricultural policy and economic policy”.  Keynote speakers at this important meeting were EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, Mairead McGuinness, Vice President of the European Parliament, along with leaders in the field…

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PAC Meets Commissioner Hogan

April 19, 2017
PAC  Meets Commissioner Hogan

Following the panel discussion at the recent Forum for the Future of Agriculture in Brussels, Tom Murphy met with Commissioner Phil Hogan. He highlighted the need for the EU to recognise the important role agricultural contractors play in the farming sector.  PAC will continue to bring the case for agricultural contractors straight to the heart…

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Tom Murphy meets Franz Fischler

April 10, 2017
Tom Murphy meets Franz Fischler

Tom Murphy met up with old friend Franz Fischler on a recent visit to Brussels where both were attending the Forum on the Future of Agriculture.  Fischler, who was Agricultural Commissioner 1995/2004, spoke at the conference, where he called for an imaginative reform of the CAP. At the same time Tom Murphy called for agricultural…

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Brussels – PAC Speaks up for Agri Contractors

April 7, 2017
Brussels – PAC Speaks up for Agri Contractors

On 28th March Tom Murphy attended the “Forum for the Future of Agriculture” in Brussels, where he made sure that agricultural contractors were represented. Over 2000 delegates from sixty countries were present to discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and beyond. Keynote speakers were Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the UN  and Commissioner Phil…

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Agri-Environmental Conference

April 6, 2017
Agri-Environmental Conference

Tom Murphy attended the Teagasc Agri-Environmental Conference, 2017 in Tullamore today. Apart from farm gate prices, one of the most significant issues facing Irish farmers is compliance with a raft of environmental requirements set out by the EU. Generally Irish farmers are good guardians of the environment but it is difficult when they have to compete…

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Hazardous Farm Waste Collections

March 1, 2017
Hazardous Farm Waste Collections

Hazardous Farm Waste Collections in 2016 were a tremendous success. Minister Doyle stated “this scheme is a wonderful example of inter-agency cooperation, but more importantly it is an indicator of how anxious farmers are to dispose of hazardous waste in a fully traceable and environmentally sensitive manner.”  Watch this space for details of the 2017 collection…

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Teagasc – Brexit Meeting

January 31, 2017
Teagasc – Brexit Meeting

Tom Murphy attended a breakfast meeting, hosted by Teagasc, where the financial implications of Brexit on the agricultural sector were under discussion.  The meeting was attended by major stakeholders, public representatives and delegates from the financial and banking sector.  Murphy attended to ensure there was a voice at the table for agricultural contractors. Most experts agreed…

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