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South Kerry Greenway: Agronomist appointed to deal with fallout

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An agronomist has been appointed by Kerry County Council to deal with issues that have arisen between it and landowners over the South Kerry Greenway.
'An agronomist has been appointed by Kerry County Council to deal with issues that have arisen between it and landowners over the South Kerry Greenway.The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has been calling for the appointment for the last 12 months after a fallout between farmers and the local authority arose over compulsory purchase order (CPO) notices issued to landowners in respect of the greenway.In a letter earlier this week, Kerry County Council confirmed the appointment of Diarmuid O’Sullivan of DOSAGRI Limited – agricultural and environmental consultants – to the position of agronomist “acting on the behalf of Kerry County Council”. Meanwhile, the South Kerry Greenway proposal – from Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen – was first mooted in 2011.At the time the local development partnership recognised that the Great Southern and Western Rail Company’s west Kerry branch abandoned railway line, with its outstanding views, rail structures and varying landscapes, “could provide an exceptional walking and cycling route, and deliver a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits”. Jimmy Sheahan, Ken Jones, John O’Sullivan, Pat O’Driscoll and Morgan Lyne South Kerry’s IFA chairman Pat O’Driscoll has welcome the latest developments in respect of the greenway.He previously pointed out to AgriLand that the serving of CPOs on 130 farmers and landowners along the route had only served to allow a “negative and hurtful” element to creep into proceedings.He also highlighted the hurt caused to the small number of farmers who Kerry County Council took legal proceedings against and how that scenario also contributed to “talks breaking down” between all sides. ‘Get involved’ Speaking to AgriLand this afternoon – Friday, July 20 – O’Driscoll pointed to the positive impact the appointment could foster.The appointment of a consultant in this matter is a very welcomed development – this is something that IFA has been calling for, for some time now.He continued: “This will provide a neutral face between Kerry County Council and the landowners who are involved in the greenway. “The farmers will now be able to explain their case and I would encourage all the farmers and landowners that are involved to engage fully with this process.” ‘Annoyance and upset’ Earlier this month, Jimmy Sheahan – one of the farmers along the route who was issued with a CPO notice, and one of just four landowners that ended up in court after Kerry County Council issued legal proceedings against him, because he failed to allow council officials onto his land – said there was nothing but “annoyance and upset” along the greenway now.I do not know now where we go from here and the farmers who got caught up in this are very hurt.He added: “As well – the council gave the impression to the people all over the country, and indeed to everyone in Kerry, that we were the four people who were holding the whole South Kerry Greenway project up – that was very hurtful to me and has caused a lot of upset for all of us with our neighbours. “You see in the 1880s – people in this area were evicted from their lands – it’s still a sore point around here, and the CPOs fed right into those feelings and caused all sorts of annoyance and upset.” . The post South Kerry Greenway: Agronomist appointed to deal with fallout appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Boost for small co-ops under Ornua ‘unlisted plc’ proposal

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A number of small cooperatives could see greater representation at top level in Ornua, should a restructuring proposal be approved, AgriLand understands.The restructuring process, confirmed to be “ongoing” by Ornua, has the Ornua board considering
'A number of small cooperatives could see greater representation at top level in Ornua, should a restructuring proposal be approved, AgriLand understands.The restructuring process, confirmed to be “ongoing” by Ornua , has the Ornua board considering proposals being put to it at the moment.It is believed that one proposal gaining the most traction would see Ornua transition from a cooperative to an unlisted plc.Under the proposal, tabled by Dairygold, a certain degree of ownership would be put into the hands of farmers directly, with 20% of shares in the entity – worth more than €100 million – proposed to be given to farmer suppliers of Ornua.The cooperatives would retain the other 80% ownership in Ornua, industry sources confirmed to AgriLand . Under the tabled proposal, a new board structure has also been fielded.This would see a board consisting of: five independent members; an Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) representative; the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) representative; and possibly a delegate from the Irish Cooperative Organisation Society (ICOS). In addition, five board members would be elected by the co-op industry that are direct processors.Such members would be elected from an outer board consisting of the co-ops that are trading through Ornua and the co-ops that have shareholdings in the entity.This would allow approximately 30 smaller cooperatives which are not directly processing milk but nonetheless have shareholdings to be part of the election process, and have greater involvement in Ornua’s top table composition.The restructuring process is believed to have been activated by Glanbia’s recent move into the US market with its brand Truly Grass Fed.To stay in line with competition law, it was deemed necessary for co-op top brass to take a step back from the board of Ornua. . The post Boost for small co-ops under Ornua ‘unlisted plc’ proposal appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

New chairman announced for Carbery Group

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Carbery Group has announced that TJ Sullivan, chairman of Drinagh Co-op, will succeed Peter Fleming as group chairman.In addition, Paddy Ryan, chairman of Lisavaird Co-op, has been appointed vice-chair of the organisation.
'Carbery Group has announced that TJ Sullivan, chairman of Drinagh Co-op, will succeed Peter Fleming as group chairman.In addition, Paddy Ryan, chairman of Lisavaird Co-op, has been appointed vice-chair of the organisation.Sullivan joined the Drinagh Board in 2014, becoming vice-chairman in 2016, at which time he also joined the Carbery board; the incoming appointee has been the chairman of Drinagh since 2017.A dairy farmer from Urhan on the Beara Peninsula in west Cork, Sullivan commented on his appointment, stating: I am honoured to be appointed chairman of Carbery Group, which is such an important business for the dairy farmers of West Cork. “I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members and the management team, as we continue to diversify and grow the company, for the benefit of our milk suppliers and shareholders,” he added.Sullivan also paid tribute to out-going chairman, Peter Fleming for his contribution as chairman of Carbery over the past two years; noting that, during his term as chairman, Carbery had successfully transitioned to a new CEO and continued to make significant progress both nationally and internationally.Carbery Group, established in 1965, is an international manufacturer of speciality food ingredients, flavouring systems and as an award-winning cheese producer.Headquartered in Ballineen, Co.Cork, Ireland, it is owned by four Irish co-operatives, Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh and Lisavaird, and employs over 700 people.Carbery operates from eight locations including Ireland, the UK, the USA, Brazil and Thailand. . The post New chairman announced for Carbery Group appeared first on Agriland.ie .'