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Press Releases 2007

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January

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Coughlan details awards of 18 million in Research and Development grants 08 January 2007
Minister Wallace announces new Forest Environment Protection Scheme 09 January 2007
Minister Wallace welcomes Centra support for Irish Food Industry 11 January 2007
Coughlan highlights Quality and Safety of Irish Agriculture and Food Products during visit to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates 17 January 2007
Department announces details of Transport Regulation 19 January 2007
Minister Wallace issues advise to dog owners on worrying of livestock by dogs 21 January 2007
Minister Smith attends International Green Week East West Agricultural Forum in Berlin 22 January 2007
Minister Coughlan welcomes €8.7 billion Agri-Food package 24 January 2007
Minister Smith acknowledges Supervalu part in Irish Food Industry Success 24 January 2007
Major boost for forest road construction 26 January 2007
Coughlan voices concern over EU Commission approach to WTO negotiations 29 January 2007
Minister Smith announces Water Chlorination Grant Scheme 31 January 2007
Successful Launch of Milk Quota Trading Scheme 31 January 2007

 

February

TitleDate
Department welcomes increases volume of EIA testing 01 February 2007
Department meets to review outbreak of Avian 'Flu in England 03 February 2007
Department Officials review Avian 'Flu situation 05 February 2007
Minister Coughlan hopeful on progress on Saudi Arabian and UAE beef markets 07 February 2007
Minister Coughlan announces details of New Bioenergy Initiatives 07 February 2007
Minister of State Wallace warns against illegal felling of trees 09 February 2007
Coughlan announces 2nd Milk Quota Trading Scheme 12 February 2007
Wallace welcomes Urban Tree Planting Programme in Meath 12 February 2007
REPS farmers not excluded from new Bioenergy Scheme, says Coughlan 13 February 2007
West Awake to Emerging Marketing Opportunities 13 February 2007
Minister Coughlan announces Grant Aid Scheme for potato growers involving investments of over 20m euro 14 February 2007
Minister revokes ban on participation of British Birds in Shows, Exhibitions and Gatherings 16 February 2007
Coughlan announces national roll-out of "Food Dudes" programme to primary schools 18 February 2007
Additional Funding for Collaborative Research on Food and Health, Agri-environment and Biofuels 19 February 2007
Minister Coughlan re-affirms her commitment to simplifying Single Payment Scheme 19 February 2007
Minister Coughlan announces funding for AI Promotional Campaign for 2007 20 February 2007
2007 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme 21 February 2007
Wallace encourages farmers to consider FEPS 21 February 2007
Publication of Revised Estimates 22 February 2007 - €361M for REPS in Estimates 22 February 2007
Minister Coughlan announces the issue of 140 Annual Payment Statements to Farmers for 2006 22 February 2007
Minister Coughlan reminds famers of deadlines under the Farm Waste Management Scheme 23 February 2007
Minister Coughlan outlines another year of strong performance in the Beef Sector 25 February 2007
Coughlan extends Bioenergy Scheme deadline 28 February 2007
Connemara Hill Lamb recognised as a unique European product 28 February 2007

 

March

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Minister Wallace launches distribution of posters of our native trees to primary schools as part of National Tree Week 4th -10th March 02 March 2007
Minister Coughlan meets her French and German counterparts in Paris 05 March 2007
Wallace marks the beginning of Tree Week by highlighting the benefits of forestry 05 March 2007
Minister of State Wallace reminds occupiers and owners of land of their obligation to control noxious weeds 05 March 2007
Minister Coughlan launches Agri-Food Theme of EU 7th Framework Programme on Research and Technological Development 07 March 2007
Minister Wallace addresses Agri-Vision Bio-energy Conferences 07 March 2007
Department issues advice on parasitic disease 08 March 2007
Wallace announces Public Consultation Phase of National Forest Inventory 08 March 2007
Minister Coughlan announces REPS payments for Willow and Miscanthus 08 March 2007
Minister Wallace announces the introduction of regulations for the aerial application of fertilisers to forests 08 March 2007
Minister Smith stresses the multiple benefits of trees for local communities 09 March 2007
Minister Smith officially opens Rossmore Forest Park 09 March 2007
Minister of State Wallace Opens National Forestry Conference 09 March 2007
Agri-Vision Forum offers opportunity to share views says Coughlan 09 March 2007
Minister announces speeding up of Farm Waste Management Scheme approvals and Extension of Deadline for submission of Outstanding Details 09 March 2007
Minister announces refund of 19m euro Modulation Monies to farmers 14 March 2007
Minister Smith opens Seminar on the Codex Alimentarius in Dublin Castle 21 March 2007
Coughlan announces lifting of all EIA Restrictions 21 March 2007
Forum on future of Agri-Food Industry 23 March 2007
Forest Management Protocol for Hen Harrier Special Protection Areas 23 March 2007
Minister Coughlan announces significant changes to Animal Health Regime 23 March 2007
Minister Smith completes round of Regional Food Fora in South West 27 March 2007
Strategic Review Report of 400m Euro Horticulture Industry presented to Minister Smith 28 March 2007

 

April

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Minister Wallace announces significant support for Wood Energy Supply Chain 02 April 2007
Wallace welcomes Department's contract for wood chip 03 April 2007
Minister Wallace announces Forestry Premuim Payments of €57M for 2007 03 April 2007
Applications for Bioenergy Scheme hit First Year Target of 1,400 Hectares 04 April 2007
Minister Smith welcomes €2.5m Investment by Mc Carrens Meat Processors, Cavan with support from Enterprise Ireland 05 April 2007
Minister Wallace warns of the risk of Forest Fires 07 April 2007
Minister Coughlan calls for continued EIA vigilance 09 April 2007
Coughlan announces revised legislation for dealers in cattle and pigs 11 April 2007
Coughlan launches Information Roadshow and extended helplines to assist farmers in completing applications under the 2007 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme 11 April 2007
Wallace re-opens Forest Reconstitution Scheme 12 April 2007
Spring 2007 - Parasitic Disease Forecast 12 April 2007
Minister Coughlan announces support for shows 13 April 2007
Coughlan calls for 14-day Notice on Cross Compliance Inspections 16 April 2007
Minister Coughlan announces the awarding of 114m euro Grant Aid for the Dairy Processing Sector under the Dairy Investment Fund 18 April 2007
Minister Wallace issues reminder re Forestry and the Single Payment Scheme 19 April 2007
"One to One" Assistance on completing Single Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Forms 19 April 2007
Single Payment Scheme - Lands used for Potatoes and Fruit and Vegetables 19 April 2007
Taoiseach officially opens the Department of Agriculture and Food Labatory Complex at Backweston 20 April 2007
Coughlan announces extension of Consolidation under the Single Payment Scheme to participants under the Farm Waste Management Scheme/Waste Processing Scheme 20 April 2007
Minister Coughlan welcomes planned inspection visit by Saudi Arabian Beef Experts 24 April 2007
Milk Quota Trade almost doubled in second exchange 25 April 2007
Minister Coughlan launches fund for capital investments in processing for beef and sheepmeat sectors 25 April 2007
Minister Smith encourages Fruit and Vegetable Growers to join producer organisations for increased returns 26 April 2007

 

May

TitleDate
Minister Coughlan launches Agriculture and Food Annual Review and Outlook 2006/2007 31 May 2007
Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Area Scheme - Closing date extended to 15 May 2007 02 May 2007
Minister Coughlan reminds occupiers and owners of land of their obligation to control noxious weeds 04 May 2007
Coughlan rejects Falconer paper on WTO 09 May 2007
Coughlan announces Temporary Measure for unsuccessful sellers in Milk Quota Trading Scheme 09 May 2007
Minister Smith announces 8.51 million euro for Hunger in Africa and the "Forgotten Emergencies" 10 May 2007
Minister Coughlan rejects Badger Trust / Badgerwatch Ireland Report 14 May 2007
Minister Coughlan opens Lough Key Forest and Activity Park 15 May 2007
Minister Coughlan announces first award of grants under Scheme of Investment Aid for Demostration On-Farm Waste Processing Facilities in Co. Donegal 15 May 2007
Coughlan launches Package for Sheep Sector 16 May 2007
Minister Coughlan announces one week extension of closing date for applications under Machinery Contractors Scheme 16 May 2007
Minister Coughlan announces details of the 2007 National Reserve 16 May 2007
Minister Wallace opens food surplus company in Trim 18 May 2007
Minister Coughlan announces payment of €750,000 to Ballymun Horse Project 18 May 2007
Statement on unauthorised GM event in maize 18 May 2007
Coughlan announces details of incentives for National Genotype Programme 21 May 2007
Minister Coughlan Responds to Low Pathogenic Avian 'Flu Outbreak in Wales 25 May 2007

 

June

TitleDate
Coughlan revokes Avian 'Flu measure 05 June 2007
Minister Coughlan and new French Minister speak on WTO 06 June 2007
Minister bans the use of Electro Immobilisation on farm animals 06 June 2007
Coughlan outlines views on Cross Compliance in advance of Council of Ministers meeting 06 June 2007
Wallace announces Special Conference on National Forest Inventory 08 June 2007
Coughlan extends National Reserve deadline to 22nd June 11 June 2007
Minister Smith launches 8 million euro Grant Aid Schemes for the Development of the Organic Sector 12 June 2007
Minister Coughlan welcomes EU Reform of the Fruit and Vegetable Sector 12 June 2007
Wallace welcomes RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards 2007 12 June 2007
Minister Coughlan hopeful visit will facilitate re-opening of Saudi Arabian Beef Market 13 June 2007
Minister Coughlan announces the Launch of a New Young Farmers' Installation Scheme and a New Scheme of Early Retirement from Farming 13 June 2007
Minister Coughlan announces details of Food and Health Research Initiative 13 June 2007
Minister Coughlan publishes Annual Report for 2006 13 June 2007
Minister Wallace welcomes clarification on Consolidation and SPS amendments 13 June 2007
Minister Coughlan announces abolition of the claw-back on sales of Single Payment Entitlements 19 June 2007
Minister Coughlan reminds farmers of 29 June Closing Date for Farm Waste Management Scheme 20 June 2007
Department launches Code of Practice on the Prevention and Reduction of Fusarium Mycotoxins in Cereals 26 June 2007
Minister Sargent urges consumers to think organic and think seasonal 28 June 2007
Minister of State Mary Wallace highlights the importance of protecting the National Forest Estate from Exotic Pest and Disease Threats 29 June 2007
Minister Coughlan meets Saudi Arabian Ministers 29 June 2007

 

July

TitleDate
Coughlan announces extension of Temporary Leasing Scheme closing date 02 July 2007
Minister Coughlan calls the industry together in a National Dairy Forum 04 July 2007
Wallace launches Bioenergy 2007 Exhibition 06 July 2007
Minister Coughlan bans pigeon racing from France 09 July 2007
Wallace welcomes results of Forestry Inventory 11 July 2007
Minister Coughlan launches new Farm Improvement Scheme 11 July 2007
Minister Coughlan meets Federation of Irish Fishermen 11 July 2007
Wallace launches COFORD Publication on the Environmental Impact of Planting Broadleaved Trees on Acid-Sensitive Soils 17 July 2007
Results of 2006 National Residue Monitoring Plan 17 July 2007
Minister Coughlan reacts to Falconer WTO Paper 18 July 2007
Minister Coughlan approves the Immediate use of set-aside Lands for Animal Feed Purposes 20 July 2007
Minister Coughlan announces introduction of Sow Housing (Animal Welfare) Scheme 23 July 2007
Minister Coughlan announces details of National Dairy Forum 23 July 2007
Ministers Coughlan and Ó Cuív launch €6 billion Rural Development Programme 24 July 2007
Minister Sargent welcomes E.U. clearance for measures to boost organic production in Ireland 24 July 2007
"Optimism For The Future Of The Dairy Industry Is Key Conclusion From The National Dairy Forum" - Minister For Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan TD. Minister announces establishment of Dairy Consultative Committee 26 July 2007
Coughlan announces Grant Aid for Seed Potato Sector 27 July 2007
Minister Sargent responds to very difficult weather conditions facing producer of vegetable 27 July 2007
Minister Coughlan announces intensified promotion of Irish beef for the Autumn 30 July 2007
Minister Coughlan welcomes commitment to change the rules on Vertebral Column 31 July 2007

 

August

TitleDate
Minister Coughlan announces improvements in Disadvantaged Areas Scheme 03 August 2007
Minister Coughlan responds to Foot and Mouth outbreak in Great Britain 03 August 2007
Minister Coughlan updates position on FMD 04 August 2007
Minister Coughlan reviews FMD Situation 05 August 2007
Minister Coughlan gives further update on Foot and Mouth Disease situation 06 August 2007
Minister Coughlan reacts to latest FMD case in Britain 07 August 2007
Coughlan launches €3 billion Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS 4) 08 August 2007
Minister Coughlan chairs FMD meeting 08 August 2007
Minister Couglan steps up measures to protect Irish Horse Industry 09 August 2007
Minister Couglan meets on FMD 09 August 2007
Minister Coughlan gives further update on FMD 10 August 2007
Minister Sargent launches new stand-alone Organic Farming Scheme 11 August 2007
Minister Wallace Outlines Measures for the Control of Noxious Weeds 17 August 2007
Wallace Encourages Farmers to add FEPS to their REPS 19 August 2007
Minister says risk of H5N1 Avian `Flu remains `low 20 August 2007
Minister Wallace highlights value of Energy Crops 20 August 2007
Minister Coughlan welcomes the 58th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Animal Production 21 August 2007
Minister Coughlan comments on derogation arrangements under Nitrates Directive for REPS Farmers 22 August 2007
MAJOR26 August 2007: Major Conference on Animal Production opens in Dublin 26 August 2007
Wallace opens Bioenergy 2007 event 30 August 2007
Minister Wallace announces major boost for wood energy supply chain 30 August 2007
Minister Coughlan notes new FMD decision 23 August 2007

 

September

TitleDate
Food Minister urges shoppers to buy Irish Fruit and Vegetables in season 07 September 2007
Minister Coughlan announces discontinuation of disinfection points at ports and airports 07 September 2007
Minister Sargent announces additional €2 million contribution to the world food programme to support humanitarian relief for chad 09 September 2007
Minister Coughlan announces reintroduction of FMD Controls 12 September 2007
Minister Sargent presents Certificates at Organic Centre Harvest Celebration 13 September 2007
Minister Coughlan responds to further case of FMD 14 September 2007
Wallace announces EU approval of Ireland's Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme 14 September 2007
Coughlan welcomes the establishment of the new Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 14 September 2007
Wallace highlights positive role of forestry in climate change 17 September 2007
Minister Wallace launches Autumn Public Awareness Campaign for the Control of Ragwort 18 September 2007
Minister Coughlan announces extention of the deadline for Nitrates Derogation applications 18 September 2007
Minister Coughlan secures European Commission Agreement for advance payments under the 2007 Single Payments Scheme and announces commencement of payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme 19 September 2007
Coughlan announces Establishment of Industry Led Research Group to Underpin Development of the Food Industry 21 September 2007
Minister Coughlan announces payments under Sugar Beet Diversification Fund 25 September 2007
Minister Coughlan announces increased funding to ICBF for Beef Cattle Breeding 25 September 2007
Coughlan announces Third Milk Quota Trading Scheme 25 September 2007
Wallace announces Appointment of New Chairperson of Coford 26 September 2007
Wallace outlines proposed Forestry Programme 26 September 2007
Increase of 3% in milk quotas called for by Ireland at EU Council of Ministers 27 September 2007
Minister Sargent says it makes sense to go organic 27 September 2007
Minister Coughlan meets EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs 27 September 2007
Import of GM Maize and By-Products and Soya Meal into Ireland not affected by non-decision in Council of Ministers on unauthorised Herculex GM Maize Variety 28 September 2007
28 September 2007 - Minister Coughlan Responds To Confirmation Of Bluetongue Outbreak In England 28 September 2007
Minister Sargent says it makes sense to go organic 23 September 2007
Minister Coughlan opens 2007 World Seafood Congress in Dublin 25 September 2007
Minister Coughlan continues drive to open markets For Irish beef in South East Asia 03 September 2007
Minister Coughlan responds to detection of blue tongue in Suffolk 23 September 2007

 

October

TitleDate
Minister Coughlan satisfied on FMD and Bluetongue Controls 01 October 2007
Coughlan announces Dairy Consultative Committee 01 October 2007
01 October 2007: Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan TD, delivers keynote address to the World Dairy Summit 01 October 2007
Detection of Brown Rot in Irish potatoes 02 October 2007
Department Sets Out Position Regarding Set-Aside Entitlements 03 October 2007
Minister Browne highlights increasing value of Fish Farm Production 03 October 2007
Minister Sargent Welcomes Stronger Controls For Organic Food And Farming 03 October 2007
Wallace Launches COFORD Report On Ireland's Forest Genetic Resources 03 October 2007
Minister Coughlan announces Approval of Grant Aid for Seed Potato Sector 05 October 2007
Minister Coughlan Introduces A Change To The Brucellosis Testing Requirements 05 October 2007
Wallace Launches COFORD Report On Irish Squirrel Survey 09 October 2007
Minister Coughlan Welcomes The Re-Opening Of The Saudi Arabian Market For Irish Beef 10 October 2007
Minister Sargent announces Grant Aid Scheme for Horticulture Growers 11 October 2007
Minister Sargent examines the Organic Sector in Austria 12 October 2007
Minister Couglan seeks EU action on pigmeat sector 15 October 2007
Wallace Launches allaboutenergy.ie website 15 October 2007
Minister Sargent welcomes World Food Day 16 October 2007
Minister Coughlan Announces €533 Million Advance Payments From 16 October Under the 2007 Single Payments Scheme 16 October 2007
Minister Coughlan Announces Flexible Arrangements To Help Farmers To Move Over To Reps 4 16 October 2007
Minister Sargent announces major funding for the UN International Year of the Potato 2008 18 October 2007
Minister welcomes funding provided in 2008 Pre-Budget Outlook 18 October 2007
Minister Wallace presents 2007 RDS/Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards 18 October 2007
Minister Coughlan Announces Funding Of €10 Million For Wharf Works At Dinish Island And Funding Of €1 Million For RNLI Lifeboat Shore Facility In Castletownbere 19 October 2007
Coughlan lays foundation stone for new Decentralised Offices for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and An Bord Iascaigh Mhara in Clonakilty, Co. Cork 19 October 2007
Reps Farmers Urged To Check Out Forestry By Wallace 19 October 2007
Wallace Announces EU Approval Of Ireland's Forest Management Measure 22 October 2007
Coughlan Calls For Increased Support For Pigmeat Sector 22 October 2007
Minister Coughlan Announces Second Tranche Of Grants Under Scheme Of Investment Aid For Demonstration On-Farm Waste Processing Facilities 24 October 2007
Coughlan Sets Out Position On REPS Application System From 2008: First-Timers Advised To Be Ready To Submit Plans Early 24 October 2007
Minister Coughlan announces new €235M Suckler Welfare Scheme 24 October 2007
Coughlan Calls For Increased Support For Pigmeat Sector 25 October 2007
Coughlan Addresses First Meeting Of Industry Led Food Research 25 October 2007
Rush of applications absorbs agreed funding for Farm Inprovement Scheme 31 October 2007
Minister Wallace welcomes relocation of Department Offices 31 October 2007
Minister Sargent welcomes organic research findings 31 October 2007

 

November

TitleDate
Browne announces €2.1million investment for eight companies under Seafood Processing Development Programme 01 November 2007
Minister Coughlan welcomes the re-opening of the South African Market for Irish Beef 02 November 2007
Minister of State Wallace attends 5th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe in Warsaw, Poland from 5th-7th November 2007 06 November 2007
Irish Success in EU Research Programme 07 November 2007
Ministers Coughlan and Browne welcome EU Commission approval for Ireland's State Aid Application for Restructuring Ireland's fishing fleet 07 November 2007
Minister Coughlan Welcomes Publication Of FVO Report On Brazil 07 November 2007
Minister Wallace announces additional support for wood energy supply chain 08 November 2007
Minister Coughlan hosts North/South Ministerial Council in Donegal 09 November 2007
Minister Coughlan responds to Avian 'Flu in England 12 November 2007
Minister Sargent hosts National Conference to highlight the opportunities for local food and launches new Bord Bia guide on local selling 14 November 2007
Minister Wallace announces commencement of payments under the National Energy Premium Scheme 13 November 2007
Minister Coughlan introduces precautionary measures following Avian 'Flu outbreak in England 13 November 2007
Wallace welcomes COFORD/EPA report on Biodiversity in Irish Plantation Forests 14 November 2007
Minister Wallace pays tribute to the Irish Bloodstock Industry and the Veterinary Profession 16 November 2007
Minister Coughlan comments on publication of EU Commission Communication on CAP Health Check 20 November 2007
Wallace launches study on Forestry planting levels 21 November 2007
Wallace launches Forestry Training Initiative 22 November 2007
Coughlan outlines Irish position on EU "CAP Health Check" negotiations 26 November 2007
Coughlan welcomes proposed introduction of Export Refunds for pigmeat 27 November 2007
Minister Coughlan visits Slovenian Minister in advance of EU Presidency 28 November 2007
Minister issues advice on liver fluke 29 November 2007
Minister Coughlan announces support for major new international livestock event - Beef Expo, Ireland 2008 30 November 2007
Browne invites views of Public on Fishery Harbour Centre Business Plans 14 November 2007
Minister Browne Welcomes Agreement Reached Between Ireland And France On Crab Fishing 19 November 2007
Minister Coughlan Highlights Food Research Achievements at Royal Irish Academy Dublin 20 November 2007
Minister For Food And Horticulture Trevor Sargent TD Addresses The 34th Session Of FAO Conference In Rome 20 November 2007

 

December

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Minister Coughlan Meets With EU Commissioner For Health And Consumer Affairs Markos Kyprianou 17 December 2007
Food Minister Trevor Sargent promotes seasonal eating while inspecting the Brussel Sprout crop for Christmas 04 December 2007
Wallace welcomes increase in timber prices 07 December 2007
Minister Coughlan Welcomes a Favourable Year for Irish Farming 07 December 2007
Wallace Launches Ireland's Largest Woodland Restoration Project 07 December 2007
Minister Coughlan announces appointments to Board of Coillte 11 December 2007
Minister Coughlan signs Veterinary Medicines Regulations 11 December 2007
Coughlan announces Government support for major expansion to Glanbia Innovation Centre 12 December 2007
Department launches National Forestry Inventory Publications 12 December 2007
Minister Sargent says if purchasing an organic turkey, insist on proof of Organic Certification 13 December 2007
Coughlan announces establishment of Beef Forum 13 December 2007
Minister Coughlan announces 25% increase in funding for Animal Welfare Organisations 14 December 2007
Minister Sargent announces grants to Animal Welfare Organisations 14 December 2007
Minister Wallace announces grants of €33,000 for Meath Animal Welfare Bodies 14 December 2007
Minister of State John Browne announces grants of €76,000 for Wexford Animal Welfare Bodies 14 December 2007
Quota trade strongest to date on third exchange 14 December 2007
Minister Coughlan Announces New Round Of Capital Investment Funding For Marketing And Processing Of Agricultural Products 17 December 2007
Minister Wallace announces second phase of Bio-Energy Scheme 19 December 2007
Minister Wallace announces re-opening of Native Woodland Scheme and Neighbourwood Scheme 19 December 2007
Minister Coughlan welcomes reduced fees for Equine passports 28 December 2007
Minister Coughlan Announces €575 Million Payments Under the Single Payment Scheme 03 December 2007
€800,000 For Forestry Development Projects 04 December 2007
Coughlan Launches Suckler Welfare Scheme 14 December 2007
Compendium Of Irish Agricultural Statistics, 2007 14 December 2007
Successful launch of Milk Quota Trading Scheme 31 January 2007
Ministers Coughlan And Browne Prepare For Tough Negotiations At This Week's Fisheries Council 17 December 2007
Ministers Coughlan and Browne deliver 182,699 tonnes of Fish Quotas and Strong Conservation Measures to the benefit of the Irish Fishing Industry for 2008 19 December 2007