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Coveney appoints Joe Healy as Chairman of Commonage Implementation Committee

The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD announced today that he has appointed Mr Joe Healy as Chairman of the newly formed Commonage Implementation Committee.  Mr Healy is a livestock farmer from Galway. He is former President of Macra na Feirme and former Chairman of Athenry Mart.

“When I met the farming organisations last week  about the Rural Development Programme,  I said  I would  appoint the chairman and get this new Commonage Implementation Committee up and running without delay. I am very pleased that Joe Healy has agreed to act as chairman and I believe he will bring a wealth of experience and energy to this role.”

 Mr Healy will be assisted on the committee by senior officials from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and two technical experts, one nominated by Teagasc and one nominated by the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Implementation Committee will have a role under pillar 1 in examining cases where there may be disagreement over the allocation of minimum-maximum figures to individual farmers. It will also have a role under pillar 2 where there may be difficulty in getting  the minimum 50% of active  shareholders signed up to a GLAS Commonage Plan.


View this Press Release as a PDF: DAFMPR 105/2014 (pdf 438Kb) 

Date Released: 09 July 2014