Climate and environment
Biodiversity report puts spotlight on derogation
Noel Bardon
Some members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment suggested that there is an opportunity for Ireland to stop looking for nitrates derogation from Brussels.
CAP cash can’t fund rewetting plans – Minister
Minister McConalogue has said that CAP funding cannot be used to pay for rewetting and other biodiversity measures that the European Commission is seeking to impose through a nature restoration law.
22 November 2022 News
McConalogue seeks clarity on ‘issues’ with EU rewetting plans
Minister McConalogue cited concerns relating to proposed farmland rewetting targets that the Commission is seeking to impose across the EU.
All options must be considered to overcome fertiliser crisis - Minister
A meeting of EU agriculture ministers will see the fertiliser crisis and the European Commission’s proposals to rewet farmed peatlands topping the agenda.
21 November 2022 News
Rewetting will not stop farming - TDs
Some TDs and senators have sought to assure farmers that rewetting peats will not mean completely stopping animals from grazing.
18 November 2022 Climate and environment
National Parks acquires 4,500ha of Coillte land in Mayo
One of the largest land transfers in the State’s recent history has seen the NPWS set about rewilding some 4,500ha previously managed by Coillte.
9 November 2022 News
Dempsey at Large: carbon source or sink?
We are heading towards a situation where farmers will rightly continue to insist on some payment for the carbon they sequester in their crops or store in their soils.
2 November 2022 Viewpoints
Policy adviser withdraws rewetting remarks to Oireachtas committee
The comments were made on a proposed EU law that would require peatlands to be rewet, some of which may be currently farmed.
‘We can’t go back to the old days of imposing designations’
Minister of State with responsibility for heritage Malcolm Noonan talks rewetting, designations and if he would like to stay on in the role after the cabinet reshuffle with Amy Forde.
26 October 2022 News
New EU law could sterilise many family farms - INHFA
The INHFA has called on legislators to work together to oppose a proposed EU nature restoration regulation.
18 October 2022 News
Plan to rewet farmland blasted as 'land grab'
Many farmers will see the plan as nothing more than a land grab, INHFA president Vincent Roddy said. Noel Bardon and Amy Forde report.
12 October 2022 News
EU law could see 70% of drained, farmed peats rewet by 2050
The Commission has made no distinction between restoration and rewetting, an Oireachtas committee was told.