Michael Creed

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The problems of Ireland’s beef sector “are mostly unrelated to a deal which opens up an additional 1.25 per cent of the EU beef market”.

For many years Irish trade policy has been based on trying to ride two horses at once – open up opportunities for Irish businesses, or more accurately(...)

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan says the Mercosur countries have committed to implement the Paris global warning agreement. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

European Union agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has rejected criticism of the EU/Latin American Mercusor trade deal, saying critics are exploiting (...)

Pay review in store for Defence Forces. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Good morning. The Cabinet meets at Government Buildings this morning (the regular Tuesday meeting having been postponed because the Taoiseach was in (...)

Michael Creed has vowed to ‘thwart’ the EU’s Mercosur deal. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said he intends to “frustrate”, “dismantle” and “thwart” the EU-Mercosur trade agreement in order to protec(...)

The deal also includes the importation of 180,000 tonnes of poultry into the EU and 25,000 tonnes of pig meat. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

Environmental and climate change requirements can be used to “thwart” and “dismantle” the EU Mercosur trade deal and protect the Irish beef industry, (...)

It is proposed  the four cent levy will come into force at the start of September and be collected from the country’s pig-slaughtering plants. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new levy on pigs slaughtered and exported to fund the protection of health standards will help grow exports to China and other countries, Minister f(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin claimed the deal, reached on Friday between the EU and Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, could potentially signal the death knell of the beef sector in Ireland in the wake of Brexit. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters.

The Mercosur trade agreement is a “proposed deal “ and not a “done deal”, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said. He told the Dáil that no g(...)

IFA President Joe Healy with  IFA National Officers and members in a protest at the EU Commission offices in Dublin last week. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA)president Joe Healy has sought an urgent meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar over the “sell-out deal” negotiated betwe(...)

The EU offered the Mercosur countries a 70,000 tonne annual beef quota. But Mercosur made it clear in January 2018 that an increased beef offer would be needed for an agreement, if a deal was to be reached. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed urged European Union commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan last month to “redouble efforts” to defend Irish a(...)

‘We, as a department, have never certified dogs to be exported from Ireland to Pakistan and we haven’t certified dogs to be exported to China since 2016 nor will we,’ says Minister Michael Creed. Photograph: Ray McManus

Irish officials plan to meet their British counterparts over the issue of Irish greyhounds being exported via the UK to third countries, the Minister (...)

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