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North Tipperary GAA News – July 1st 2014

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Hibernian Inn North Tipp Senior Hurling 2014
The Hibernian Inn North Tipperary Senior Hurling championship struggles on with two quarter finals played last Sunday. Nenagh Eire Og knocked out the holders Kildangan by four points at Dolla. Four hours earlier, Burgess defeated Moneygall at Toomevara.

The remaining championship quarter final between Borris-Ileigh and Toomevara will be played at a later date depending on how Tipperary hurlers and footballers fare in the All-Ireland Qualifiers over the coming weeks. Kilruane MacDonaghs are through to the quarters but will have to wait for the winners of the play-off between Ballina and Portroe which is also delayed due to the hurling and football Qualifiers.

Watch Centre North Tipp Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Round 1 GROUP 1
Holders Knockshegowna easily Templederry at Ballingarry last Saturday thus completing the first round and joining Toomevara and Kilruane MacDonaghs as winners.
This Sunday the second round will see three more games. Knockshegowna take on Moneygall in what will be the first championship meeting since the 2011 final which Moneygall won. Both Templederry and Borris-Ileigh will hope to get their campaigns off the ground with a win as both sides lost their opening games while Kilruane MacDonaghs and Toomevara hope to make it two wins out of two. Please not that all games will be played in neutral venues.

Watch Centre North Tipp Junior ‘A’ hurling Championship GROUP 2
The local derby encounter between Burgess and Silvermines failed to materialise for the second time. Neutral venues will take centre stage this Sunday as the second round swings into action. Silvermines take on Nenagh and first round winners Kildangan face Burgess. Roscrea have a bye.

Watch Centre North Tipp Junior ‘B’ hurling Championship GROUP 1
Since the Junior B draw was made, Borrisokane have withdrawn from the competition and have been replaced by Kildangan in Group1. Ballinahinch also withdrew while two of the five games scheduled for the weekend went ahead.
Kildangan had seven points to spare over Borris-Ileigh in GROUP 1 and Portroe and Newport drew in GROUP 2. Thanks to Portroe and Newport for facilitating the Board after the Nenagh v Portroe encounter and Newport v Ballinahinch games did not get off the ground. The Lorrha v Ballina game was not played either.

Ger Gavin North Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship
The Minor A grade saw wins for Nenagh Eire Og over Toomevara, Newport Gaels over Ballina and Borris-Ileigh over Kilruane MacDonaghs. The second round games will be played next week with Kilruane MacDonaghs v Toomevara (Wednesday 9th), Newport Gaels v Roscrea plus Nenagh Eire Og v Ballina (Thursday 10th).

Ger Gavin North Tipperary Minor B Hurling Championship
In the opening round, Portroe defeated Lorrha last Tuesday and Kildangan were too good for Borrisokane on Thursday. Two games, Shannon Rovers v Templederry and Burgess v Silvermines were not played but four games are planned for next week. They are Lorrha v Kildangan, Shannon Rovers Gaels v Silvermines, Burgess v Portroe and Borrisokane v Templederry. Neutral venues used.

Best of Luck
To Tipperary against Longford in the football qualifier and to the hurlers against Galway when both sides strive for much needed victories at Semple Stadium next Saturday. Both sides hope to see a stadium full with blue and gold flags and banners in a make or brake day for the county.

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IFA Raises Payment Concerns with Dept at Charter of Rights Meeting

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Speaking at a Charter of Rights meeting with the Department of Agriculture this week, the IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe said it’s absolutely essential that the maximum number of applicants in tranche 19 of TAMS are approved as soon as possible to provide certainty to farmers who are planning to carry out work.

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins welcomed confirmation that payment of the ANC balancing payment will commence next week.

He stressed the importance of paying the remaining farmers as soon as they meet their stocking density requirements, which the Dept confirmed happens on a weekly basis.  Farmers will be paid as soon as they meet the required stocking density, which in some cases will run to the end of the year.

Michael Biggins also called on the Dept to pay the ANC to farmers who omitted in error to tick the ANC box on their BPS application this year.  “A system where a farmer has to ‘opt out’ rather the ‘opt in’ would ensure there are fewer errors when submitting applications,” he said.

IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe welcomed the payment of the BPS balancing payment which commenced this week.  “The Dept also confirmed the issue around transfer of entitlement, which held up payments of around 1,000 farmers, has been resolved for most at this stage and the remaining ones will be resolved in the next week,” he said.

IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden has welcomed DAFM facilitation of farmers who made ‘Draft applications’ to BEEP-S scheme and who had operated under the impression they were participating in the scheme by carrying out measures on their farms. IFA had raised this issue directly with the Department of Agriculture and the acceptance of these farmers into the scheme is the right decision.

Regarding the Beef Finishers Payment, Brendan Golden again called for cattle exported for slaughter in the reference period to be paid on from the surplus in the Beef Finishers Payment fund.

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IFA Launches Guide to Personal Insolvency Arrangements

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IFA National Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh and Martin Stapleton, Chairman of the IFA Debt Support Service, have launched a Guide to Personal Insolvency Arrangements (PIA).

IFA Debt Support Service was established following the last recession to provide specific support to farmers in arrears.

The confidential service is comprised of an experienced team of IFA volunteers working with professional support to provide assistance to IFA members in financial difficulty.

Martin Stapleton said IFA has worked with over 500 farmers over the last few years. While the numbers in difficulty are reducing, recent weeks have seen an increase in activity from vulture funds since the COVID-19 Payment Breaks came to an end.

“This guide is available on IFA’s website and will serve as a useful resource for farmers in arrears seeking to protect their family home and farm land,” he said.

A Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) is a debt resolution mechanism outlined in the Personal Insolvency Act, which acts as an insolvency solution for people with unsecured and secured debt.

Rose Mary McDonagh added that a PIA can provide a debtor with protection from their creditors and on completion, a debtor will return to solvency.

At present, the Oireachtas is considering one of two Bills which will reform the area of personal insolvency and amend the current eligibility requirements for a PIA. Rose Mary McDonagh said the definition of relevant debt should be expanded to include debt prior to 2015, and debt secured in or over a debtor’s income reliant/core asset.

The IFA Debt Support Service can be contacted, in confidence, at 1890 924 853.

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EU Must Complete an Impact Assessment of Green Strategies

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Speaking after a meeting of European Farm Leaders (COPA) with EU Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans yesterday, IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the EU must complete a full impact assessment of the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.

“I told the Commissioner a full impact assessment is needed to determine how much implementing these strategies will cost,” he said.

“Frans Timmermans has threatened to withdraw the Commission’s own CAP proposal if it doesn’t take more account of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. Yet he has no idea how much these strategies will cost or who will pay for them,” he said.

“People are quoting all these targets without any consideration for their impact on output or on production costs of farmers. Farmers cannot be left to carry the can on this,” he said.

“We also need Teagasc to do an assessment of the impact in Ireland. We are currently deep in discussions on the Agrifood 2030 strategy, but again we have a data vacuum,” he said.

“It’s incredible that the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture has examined the impact of ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy on farm incomes, output and trade and neither the EU nor Ireland has,” he said.

“The US report predicts that as a result of the strategy, farm incomes would be reduced by 16%. This is as a consequence of the expected loss of production by 12% across the EU which would not be offset by the 17% increase in market prices.”

“If these measures were implemented, the report predicts a loss in output at an EU level which would cause exports to fall by 20% and imports would increase by 2%. The knock-on effect of these changes in trade is predicted to increase the cost of food by €132 per person in the EU.”

“If these figures are correct, they would be devastating for European farmers. Yet the EU Commission doesn’t know, or won’t tell us, what their assessment of the impact will be,” he said.

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