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The IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe has welcomed that announcement by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue that €185m of ANC payments will be made to 86,000 farmers over the coming days. Speaking in relation to the funding, Mr Rush said that the payment is a vital support to farmers whose incomes…

More than €1.6 million has been allocated for housing in County Donegal. The money will help refurbish social housing units in the county and re-let to individuals and families struggling with homelessness or who are on the social housing list. Agriculture Minister and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue says it will…

A Donegal TD is claiming that a government scheme to reduce childcare costs is not working. Fianna Fail’s Charlie McConalogue says parents are still paying more than €140 a week on childcare despite claims costs would be dramatically reduced under the Single Affordable Childcare Scheme. He says middle-income families are…

The Minister for Agriculture has accused farming organisations of ‘scaremongering’ following leaked reports looking at the future of the Regional Veterinary Labs. Minister Michael Creed was responding to a question from Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue in the Dail on behalf of Sligo Leitrim TD Eamon Scanlon. He called for an…

Senior veterinary officials say animal health welfare will be to the fore in deciding the future of the Regional Vet Labs around the country. Dr. Donal Salmon and Dr. Martin Blake were two of three vets from the Department of Agriculture who addressed the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture this week.…