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North Tipperary GAA News – September 26th 2014

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By Liam Hogan PRO

Senior Hurling
Congrats to Nenagh Éire Og on becoming North champions following their six point win over Burgess in the replayed North final at MacDonagh Park last Sunday. Played in front of over 2,000 patrons, Nenagh collected their ninth win in the grade bridging a gap of five years since last claiming the Frank McGrath Cup.

For Kevin Tucker it is his fifth medal in a fantastic career winning the 1993, 1998, 2001, 2009 and 2014 deciders. In fact it is Nenagh Eire Og’s sixth win in the last twenty five years having also claimed victory in 1992.

Last Sunday’s North final was the fourth North decider that ended goalless in the last twenty five years. There was no goals in the 1991 decider Toomevara 0-12 Nenagh Eire Og 0-12, 1993; Nenagh Éire Og 0-14 Moneygall 0-12; 1997, Borris-Ileigh 0-18 Nenagh Eire Og 0-16 and last Sunday. Nenagh Eire Og were involved in the four.

Well done to Burgess who contributed in making the final as one to remember perhaps not for its brilliance but for the overall product between the two games.

Denis Meats North Tipp Intermediate Hurling
The North final between Ballinahinch and Newport is planned for October 5th

Junior A Hurling
Nenagh Eire Og and Kildangan must plan for the forthcoming County Junior Hurling quarter finals.

Watch Centre North Tipp Junior B Hurling Championship
The Quarter finals of the Watch Centre Junior B Hurling championship will be played this weekend. Nenagh Éire Óg face Toomevara and Kildangan take on Newport.
Extra time will be used if necessary. Lorrha and Portroe are through to the semi finals.

Walsh’s of Nenagh Under-21 A Hurling
The opening game in the Walsh’s of Nenagh North Tipperary U-21 A Hurling championship between Toomevara and Roscrea failed to materialise last week.

Walsh’s of Nenagh Under-21 B Hurling
Borris-Ileigh easily defeated Shannon Rovers Gaels in the only game played last weekend. The second game planned, Portroe v Templederry was not played.

Minor A Hurling
Commiserations to Newport Gaels minor hurling team who made a brave bid for county honours but were narrowly beaten by Moyle Rovers in the Clean Ireland Recycling Minor a Hurling final at Semple Stadium last Sunday evening.

Minor B Hurling
It was a more successful journey for Kildangan who won the Clean Ireland Recycling Minor B hurling final against Loughmore-Castleiney. The Minor B final was played as a curtain raiser to the A final at Semple Stadium last Sunday evening.

Best of Luck
Best of luck to Tipperary in the All-Ireland Senior hurling final replay next Saturday.

North Tipperary GAA News – September 26th 2014

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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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