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NT&DL PREVIEW: October 4th 2014

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Premier Division:

Thurles Town v Roscrea United
Thurles welcome Roscrea to the Greyhound Stadium in a must win game for the home side. With no points registered as of yet they have got the Roscrea side at a good time following a 10-0 loss to Clonmel Celtic last week in the FAI Junior Cup. Roscrea, who’s last league outing against Cloughjordan FC ended in defeat will look to push on and cement their place as a Premier League side.

NTSC Prediction:
Thurles Town

Clodiagh Rangers FC v Lough Derg FC
In this basement battle a home win looks likely, with Paul Doyle looking like their best outlet for goals. Lough Derg who have received some bad beatings this far, losing all 4 games by 2 or more goals, look like they will struggle all season unless they win this type of game.

NTSC Prediction:
Clodiagh Rangers

Nenagh Afc v Cloughjordan FC
1st plays 3rd in this one and both sides were last week knocked out of the FAI Junior Cup by Peake Villa and Streamstown Celtic respectively. This will make certain that both teams are geared up for a win and even at this early stage Cloughjordan will know that a defeat can effectively end their chances of winning the league after coming so close two seasons ago. Afc, the Leagues powerhouse will look to get a few results together knowing that Nenagh Celtic don’t play this weekend in the league.

NTSC Prediction:
Nenagh Afc

Division 1:

Borrisokane Fc v Nenagh Afc B
Borrisokane will hope to bring last week’s Cup form into the league as they push for promotion this season and know that any more slip ups will almost certainly end any chance of that dream. They face a tough and an in form Nenagh Afc B side who have only lost to the teams above them so far this season. Nonetheless we see a close game here and feel it could go either way.

NTSC Prediction:
Draw

Arra Rovers v Borroway Rovers
With both teams here only winning one game apiece this season this has already become a six pointer in the relegation zone. Borroway, slight favourites, need to win in their attempt to push up the table knowing their games in hand will not guarantee them points in this Division. Arra, so unpredictable, will hope to field a strong XI this time around knowing last week’s walkover against them in the FAI Junior Cup is something that mustn’t happen again this season.

NTSC Prediction:
Borroway Rovers

Streamstown Celtic v Moneygall FootballClub
Streamstown who last week claimed a Premier Division scalp in Cloughjordan will be under the upmost pressure in this one after losing to leaders Holycross Fc in their last league outing. Moneygall on the other hand have come off an emphatic league win over Arra Rovers and were unlucky losers against TSDL outfit Cahir Park in extra time last week. Firepower could be key in this one and we feel the home side might just have too much.

NTSC Prediction:
Streamstown Celtic

Holycross Fc v Ardcroney Fc
Top vs Bottom in this clash. A home win looks a certainty with Holycross winning 6 from 6 so far in the league whilst their opponents have only 2 points to their name. The Centre sees a huge win for the unbeaten Holycross side.

NTSC Prediction:
Holycross Fc

Division 2:

Cloughjordan FC B v Nenagh AFC C
In this interesting tie Cloughjordan will look to build on their first win of the season last week knowing they’re hugely dependant on top scorer Dean O’Meara. Nenagh who know a loss here could see them in a season long relegation battle have been inconsistent to say the least and will have to improve if they are to make an impact this season.

NTSC Prediction:
Draw

Roscrea United v Nenaghceltic Footballclub
This match will decide whether either team can mount a serious title challenge this season. With both teams losing ground last weekend a win is imperative and this pressure will surely be felt by the players.

NTSC Prediction:
Draw

Portumna FC v BT Harps B
In what is set to be a cracker of a game Portumna host BT knowing they have it all to do to beat the leaders following their 5-1 win against Roscrea last weekend. BT, 3 points clear will move into a strong position of favouritism if they can play to the same standard this week as last. But with Portumna having huge firepower up front, mainly with Garry Curran and Sean O’Meara, they will show no fear in this one. A tough match to call but we feel the league can be blown wide open with a home win in this.

NTSC Prediction:
Portumna FC

Ballymackey Fc v Kilcommon FC
Ballymackey host Kilcommon in what could be a high scoring game in Balinree. The home side who have blown hot and cold as of late will look to add to their 16 goals this far against a team that’s conceded 13 already. Both teams need the win but we see a home win here.

NTSC Prediction:
Ballymackey Fc

Division 3:

Streamstown Celtic B v Ballywilliam United
With both teams losing heavily last week Streamstown will hope to get back to winning ways this week against a Ballywilliam side that have lost their last 6 games to an aggregate score of 33-0. Ballywilliam will have something to cheer about as new players are said to be arriving imminently and Streamstown B themselves have lost their last 2 games to an aggregate score of 14-0, although reports of new signings their have also been mentioned this week.

NTSC Prediction:
Streamstown Celtic B

Gurtagarry Fc v Borrisokane Fc B
(Game of the week so this will have its own report)

NTSC Prediction:
Wait and see

Barnane Fc v Rearcross FC B
Barnane and Rearcross have not won in 5 games but we think the home side will be too strong for the much older Rearcross outfit. In what should be a close game we think a single goal will be the difference.

NTSC Prediction:
Barnane Fc

Lough Derg FC B v Ballymackey Fc B
In this game both teams find themselves on level points on the table. L. Derg lost last week to Borrisokane in a match that proved huge in the season so far whereas Ballymackey had an easy win over bottom of the table Ballywilliam. Both teams boasting youth and experience will have a tough battle ahead of them and we just can’t separate them at all.

NTSC Prediction:
Draw

Clodiagh Rangers FC C v Shannon Rangers Fc
In another game that looks close table wise we feel Shannon will prove way too strong for their opponents here. Having scored less than half the amount of goals that Shannon so far this season Clodiagh will have to be at their best to get anything from this.

NTSC Prediction:
Shannon Rangers

Templetuohy Fc v Sallypark Odhráns Fc B
Templetuohy have it all to do here as the are up against a team with the most goalscorers in any Division. A comfortable win is expected here from the away side.

NTSC Prediction:
Sallypark Odhráns Fc B

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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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