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# nitrates derogation

Last month
November 2023
Nitrates limit change to proceed as planned after Minister's meeting with EU Commissioner
The Commissioner said he “did not appreciate” that somewhere along the way there was a message that the issue could be reopened.
This year
Varadkar plans to bring Environment Commissioner to Irish farm to highlight 'well managed' beef and dairy sector
The Taoiseach says a reduction to 175kg per hectare would “inflict serious damage” on the sector.
EU Commissioner does not want to ‘decimate’ farming, Irish MEPs say
Irish MEP Colm Markey said that ‘ultimately’ Ireland is tied by the 220 nitrates limit that will come into force in January.
Ryan says water quality 'not something we can concede on' pointing to Lough Neagh algae example
Lough Neagh has made headlines recently due to the resurgence of toxic algal blooms.
Eamon Ryan: Ireland isn't going to 'change tack' on nitrates derogation
His comments follow the Taoiseach’s invitation to EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius for a meeting to discuss the issue.
Agriculture minister not overruled by Taoiseach on EU nitrates issue, colleague insists
Martin Heydon said it was clear that the commissioner would not revisit the nitrate reduction.
Opinion: If proper funding is provided, farmers can recover from the nitrates derogation blow
Dr Catherine Conlon says the nitrates derogation is an opportunity for farmers to reduce productivity and meet EU Nature Restoration targets if funding issues are addressed.
Farmer groups picket Agriculture Minister's meeting following nitrates cut
The decision to cut Ireland’s nitrates derogation limit arises out of the harm nitrates can cause water due to nutrient pollution.
Farmers say there will be 'massive ramifications' over decision to cut nitrate derogation limit
Ireland’s nitrates derogration provides farmers an opportunity to farm at higher stocking rates when they take extra steps to protect the environment.