Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney Launches IIEA/RDS Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture

April 14, 2015
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney Launches IIEA/RDS Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture

Opportunities for Climate Smart Agriculture – RDS Lecture – 14th April 2015 Tom Murphy attended this event, which included in its audience farmers, scientists, educators and media, including Matt Dempsey. Speakers included Forbes Elworthy from New Zealand who discussed the economic return to farmers from promoting climate-smart agriculture. Mr Elsworthy was joined by Mike Magan,…

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Agricultural Contractor’s Conference

April 13, 2015
Agricultural Contractor’s Conference

The PAC/Teagasc Conference for Agricultural Contractors on Monday 16th November was well attended and a great success; from the morning sessions right the way through to machinery demonstrations in the afternoon. Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle gave the Keynote Address and delegates were encouraged to hear confirmation that contractors have a long term role to play in supporting…

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PAC Addresses Seanad Eireann

March 23, 2015
PAC Addresses Seanad Eireann

PAC Appears at Seanad Eireann Farm Safety Committee – 23rd March, 2015 As a result of a call for public consultation by the Seanad Farm Safety Committee PAC submitted a response and as a result was invited to give evidence at the Seanad.  On 23rd March Tom Murphy was accompanied to the Seanad by contractor…

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PAC Meeting 25th February, 2015

February 25, 2015
PAC Meeting 25th February, 2015

PAC Chairman Michael Sheehan reports it was an excellent meeting.  Agri Adviser P.J. Phelan spoke to a full room. He explained that in his opinion contractors were not charging enough for their services and not taking all their overheads into account when arriving at a price.  P.J. ddemonstrateda system he is developing, which will make…

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HSA to Enforce Regulations

January 13, 2015
HSA to Enforce Regulations

Due to the unprecedented number of fatalities on Irish farms in 2014 the Health and Safety Authority have indicated they will (on a case by case basis) consider going straight to prosecution on the following matters:- Working with unguarded PTO assemblies, (this includes defects at U-guard, O-guard and shaft guard) Working machinery while carrying children under the…

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Call for Fuel Price Regulation – 7th October, 2014

October 7, 2014
Call for Fuel Price Regulation – 7th October, 2014

Tom Murphy is quoted in today’s Farming Independent stating that Contractors (and consequently Farmers) have ended up carrying the costs of high fuel bills throughout this summer and autumn, whilst the price of crude oil has fallen by up to 18c.  During the same period prices at the pump fell by as little as 2c….

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National Ploughing Championship, 2014

September 23, 2014
National Ploughing Championship, 2014

Europe’s largest Outdoor Exhibition and Agricultural Trade Show this year saw the most successful Championships ever, with over 279,000 attendees and 1400 exhibitors. PAC provided volunteers for the Health and Safety Village where thousands of visitors were given useful information in relation to health and safety on the farm, from working with slurry, animal handling,…

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Standards for Agricultural Vehicles on Public Roads

September 13, 2014
Standards for Agricultural Vehicles on Public Roads

PAC welcomes the introduction of new regulations “Standards for Agricultural Vehicles on Public Roads”. Booklet available; please call office. For many years PAC has worked with the RSA, Department of Transport and various Committees to ensure that proposed legislation would not only make our roads a safer place but also to ensure that the interests…

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EMBRACE FARM – ACCIDENT REMEMBRANCE SERVICE – 29TH JUNE, 2014

June 29, 2014
EMBRACE FARM – ACCIDENT REMEMBRANCE SERVICE – 29TH JUNE, 2014

PAC wishes to thank Brian and Norma Rohan for their initiative in organising the Inaugural Ecumenical Remembrance Service for the victims of farm accidents and their bereaved families, friends and neighbours. This came about as a result of their own personal tragedy when Ronan lost his father to a farm accident in 2012. Tom Murphy,…

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Slurry Spreading Advice for Contractors and Farmers

June 22, 2014
Slurry Spreading Advice for Contractors and Farmers

The Environmental Departments of a number County Councils have been in touch with the office in relation to slurry spreading in the current adverse weather conditions and have stated they will be obliged to notify the Cross Compliance Unit of the Department of Agriculture of any instances where they find contraventions of the following: Local Government…

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