FARMERS UNFAIRLY HIT IN CUTBACKS, CLAIMS SENATOR

first_imgThe fundamental changes to the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will result in the most vulnerable farmers in the North West suffering severe cuts to State supports, according to Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.Senator Ó Domhnaill has hit out at the Government for once again targeting the most disadvantaged for the bulk of Budget cutbacks this year. Under measures announced in last month’s Budget, 7,877 Donegal farmers could potentially have their payments under DAS either cancelled or radically reduced.The Donegal Senator has appealed to the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to reconsider his moves to completely undermine DAS and REPS 4. “Minister Coveney has cut €30 million from the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme this year,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.  “The changes in minimum stocking requirements could prevent thousands of farmers from qualifying for the same DAS payments they got last year. For instance, farmers on mountain grazing land are prevented from increasing their livestock under commonage framework plans. How can they be expected to meet the increased livestock requirements to qualify for the payments they need?“Minister Coveney has also sought to restrict the amount of land that can qualify for DAS. Under the current system, a farmer with part of their lands on Disadvantaged Areas and part that’s not gets a DAS payment based on their full holding. Under Budget changes introduced last month, this is no longer the case. Only that proportion of the disadvantaged land will qualify. For example, a farmer with 60ha in total and 20ha Disadvantaged will see a reduction of 66% in their Disadvantaged Areas payment this year compared to last year.“It is unfair for the Government to target more vulnerable and smaller farmers in this way. I have submitted alternative suggestions to the Minister that would protect smaller farmers who are in the DAS and REPS schemes. I am appealing to him to take another look at my suggestions and avoid drastic cuts to the most at risk farmers.”  FARMERS UNFAIRLY HIT IN CUTBACKS, CLAIMS SENATOR was last modified: January 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Malin GAA club: Young starlet set to be part of Donegal panel for Dr McKenna Cup

first_imgThe club would like to wish all its members a happy new year, hoping 2017 can be successful on and off the pitchDinner DanceOur Annual Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday 21st January 2017 in the Malin Hotel. Make sure to Save the Date. Dr McKenna CupChristopher McLaughlin is part of the Donegal GAA Senior panel for the upcoming Dr McKenna Cup games. The fixtures are on Sunday 8th of January against Ulster University Jordanstown in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey at 2:00pm, Sunday 15th of January against Cavan in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey at 2:00pm and Wednesday 18th of January against Tyrone in Healy Park, Omagh at 8.00pm and all support would be welcome.Josh ConlanWell done to Malin player Josh Conlan and his Moville Community College teammates after winning an under 16’s Ulster Schools competition. Josh was instrumental in the final played before Christmas and the club would like to congratulate Josh. CalendarsThe club are featured on a Wild Atlantic Way calendar and are selling these now at the reduced price of €8 from the club shop or any committee member. This would make a lovely present to send to friends or relatives who may be living abroad. Contact John Byrne for further details on 0862507380.Donegal YearbookThe 2017 Donegal yearbook is out with every club is featured with reports on county teams and pictures etc. It can be purchased online priced €15 at: http://donegalgaa.ie/product/donegal-2016-yearbook/. The club has a selection available in the Club shop or contact John Byrne on 086 2507380.Club Shop The Club Shop is open every Saturday from 12.00pm to 2pm and Sunday from 11.20am to 2pm, alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242. The shop stocks a great range of in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats, gear bags and much more club merchandise. The club Facebook page has a picture of some of the many items available along with a pricelist.Facility BookingsAll bookings for sports hall/gym should be made through Susan Byrne 0867832242. All bookings for pitch should be made through Gerard Mc Laughlin 0868704255. All bookings for upstairs/ function room should be made through John Mc Laughlin 0863858654. Remember the clubhouse is available for private functions/parties with stage, sound system, kitchen, bar and toilet facilities – contact John on the above number. Also anyone looking to borrow chairs or other items from clubhouse should also contact John.Club Pool Room The pool room is open every Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the clubhouse. All welcome.Irish DancingThere will be Irish dancing lessons upstairs in the clubhouse every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:15pm and every Friday 4:00 to 5:30 for boys and girls from age 3 and upwards. All beginners welcome, competitive and non-competitive dancers. Contact Donna for more details 0862615755.Club GymGet Fit Gym Gift VouchersGift Vouchers are now available for the Get Fit Gym in the Malin GAA Clubhouse. Gym Membership is €120 and only €100 for current club members. The Gift Vouchers can be bought in the gym throughout the week. Vouchers can also be used towards fitness classes, nutritional plans and personal training with Charlie Byrne Health & Fitness.Club notesAll items for the club notes should be sent to Brendan Monagle on 0863777015 and brendanmonagle@yahoo.com or Linda McColgan on 0863452769 and lotsoflaughs88@hotmail.com or private message our Facebook page.FinallyThe club would like to congratulate club P.R.O Brendan Monagle and his wife Seana on the birth of their baby boy Oliver.Malin GAA club: Young starlet set to be part of Donegal panel for Dr McKenna Cup was last modified: January 2nd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more