Michael Fitzmaurice

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Michael Fitzmaurice commented : “It would do our urban experts a great deal of use, were they to realise we are the conservators and curators of the land. We realise all too clearly that biodiversity is critical to a successful farming future” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 17, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Roscommon County Council seem to be at the end of their tether on this. I think they should hand it over or ask the OPW to directly put in whatever reports or planning is required to comply with these court rulings to make sure this job can proceed,” External link

agriland Monday, May 9, 2022 8:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “If this isn’t done, it is like a basin – it will fill up higher. This pipe is a necessity for everyone in that area to help them,” External link

agriland Monday, May 9, 2022 8:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “We are a small country at the end of a very small line when it comes to gas or diesel. When we have a fuel source of our own now is not the time to attack it. Jesus, it doesn’t make sense at all,” External link

guardian Wednesday, May 4, 2022 7:31:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Over the fortnight, in most radio stations around the country, we’ve heard these same TDs telling, basically the public and their constituency, that it was scandalous what was being proposed, that they wouldn’t stand for it, it could split a Government,” “But the funny thing, when they went to the Dáil their finger seems to go a different way” External link

waterford-news Thursday, April 28, 2022 10:25:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "Over the fortnight, in most radio stations around the country, we've heard these same TDs telling, basically the public and their constituency, that it was scandalous what was being proposed, that they wouldn't stand for it, it could split a Government," "But the funny thing, when they went to the Dáil their finger seems to go a different way" External link

breakingnews-ie Thursday, April 28, 2022 9:31:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "There's only one way to make top civil servants accountable; we must make their roles acting positions, starting and ending their roles when a new government is formed" External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, April 12, 2022 4:09:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice explained : “Don’t get me wrong, there are some capable and well-intentioned people in the top jobs and the reality is that these people, who are doing their jobs well and are on top of their game will be retained in their roles or promoted, why wouldn’t they be?” External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, April 12, 2022 4:09:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “This inexcusable act of government overreach must be resisted and it is now time that all rural TDs, from every party, stand up and be counted instead of just blaming the Greens for everything. Without their support, this can’t happen,” External link

agriland Monday, April 11, 2022 3:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice asserted : “The EU are using sleight of hand to bring in what is essentially a licence system for farming. And once you must be licenced to do your job, you can be controlled and worse – stopped,” External link

agriland Sunday, April 10, 2022 8:52:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice remarked : “This is the EU attacking the family farm, and needs to be opposed. If this move goes unchallenged it will only act to consolidate farming in the hands of big farmers,” External link

agriland Sunday, April 10, 2022 8:52:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice argued : “This is not about small Irish farmers versus big Irish farmers. It is a matter of all Irish farmers against the EU and its underhanded efforts to effectively corporatise Irish farming,” External link

agriland Sunday, April 10, 2022 8:52:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “Having seen the process of preparing a load of calves for export, I was hugely impressed by the extremely high animal welfare standards and comfort afforded to the calves during loading, the amount of straw used and the high standard of the facilities” External link

agriland Monday, April 4, 2022 8:12:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “The minister has some difficult decisions to make and must push for the best possible outcome if he is to get farmers on board,” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 23, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice explained : “There are many HGVs which are privately-owned across the country which don’t require the owner to obtain a haulage operator’s licence. For instance, if the owners are transporting their own produce, the licence is not required,” External link

agriland Friday, March 11, 2022 9:42:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice warned : “A social explosion is about to happen in the next week or two if the government does not respond effectively to this crisis,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 10, 2022 10:53:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “A lorry to run is €40 an hour in diesel at the moment. What are you going doing in the next week because there is ferocious frustration out there in the general public?” External link

agriland Friday, March 4, 2022 6:41:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice noted : “One could spend 90 minutes on a phone call. Does an 85-year-old deserve that?” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, March 3, 2022 5:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “If Europe pushes ahead with this legislation, similar action will have to be taken. Otherwise, those of us left in rural Ireland will be left looking out a half door at a wilderness with no communities left,” External link

agriland Friday, February 25, 2022 11:12:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “All have made varying excuses to stall or prevent the meeting. Minister McConalogue agreed to attend if the other two invitees attended; Minister Noonan said he would attend to discuss the matter under his brief; while Minister Ryan declared he was not available” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 22, 2022 10:57:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “The cost of diesel, both white and green, has risen continually for months. The price of fertiliser has skyrocketed. Agricultural contractors and hauliers alike are under serious pressure given the rising fuel costs,” External link

agriland Friday, February 11, 2022 11:38:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “As people are voting with their feet and walking away from this invisible service the [government] must move to restore confidence to the scheme by imposing some form of accountability and effectual target setting on NBI,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 3, 2022 9:12:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “I do not buy into it that ‘for operational reasons’ they cannot tell us the number of Defence Forces personnel in any part of the country, it is disgraceful and whoever wrote that answer should be ashamed of themselves,” External link

westmeathindependent Wednesday, February 2, 2022 11:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “This is particularly the case in fields that border roads and laneways. Otherwise, the hedges would continue to grow out onto roads and further inwards in fields,” External link

agriland Wednesday, February 2, 2022 12:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “Surely, the rural TDs of both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael could not support a move to get rid of this exemption. I am [asking] Minister Ryan and his department to reinstate this exemption as a matter of urgency,” External link

agriland Wednesday, February 2, 2022 12:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “A lot of contractors are looking to see if they would be better to go to the building sector because they cannot sustain what is going on,” External link

agriland Friday, January 28, 2022 5:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Leaving Certificate ) : “I will aim to bring this matter to Minister Foley’s direct attention in the hope that the current crop of Leaving Certificate exam students will be afforded the choice of the hybrid exam system,” External link

westmeathindependent Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:33:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice urged : “Given that this is the final year of the scheme as it stands, due to the introduction of the new Common Agricultural Policy [CAP], I am calling on the minister to relax the rules and allow all applicants to benefit from the scheme once they adhere to the measures,” External link

agriland Monday, January 17, 2022 12:38:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Charlie McConalogue ) : “Given that the deadline for applications to the sixth year of the scheme closes on February 1, I hope Minister McConalogue will move swiftly in order to allow all applicants have an equal chance of availing of the benefits of the scheme,” External link

agriland Monday, January 17, 2022 12:38:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “To call a spade a spade, you’re bringing in a way forward of ticking a box that Ireland will reach its target and that you’ll be able to do a press release to say, ‘we’ve reached the 7,000 or 8,000ha target’,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:01:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice argued : “If we begin to limit food production, how do we expect to feed these people? A major reality check needs to happen when planning for the future,” External link

agriland Wednesday, November 3, 2021 2:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice asked : “How can we suggest to limit food production in sustainable parts of the world, while simultaneously encouraging deforestation in another?” External link

agriland Wednesday, November 3, 2021 2:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “In the past week or two, I have heard that Teagasc – which gets a lot of money from the state – and the government a re not looking at hedgerows in considering the carbon tonnage sequestered around the country,” “I am led to believe that Teagasc doesn’t have the figures for the carbon sequestered by hedgerows and trees” External link

agriland Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “It is a damn bad way of doing things and puts pressure on people,” External link

agriland Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “As part of this scheme, 20,000 farmers are set to get paid at a higher rate than the remaining 30,000,” “It is worth welcoming the news that the decision has been made to redistribute 10% of the value of the Pillar I budget to the Complementary Redistributive Income Support for Sustainability (CRISS) – or frontloading to those of us on the ground – as well as the move to continue with internal convergence to a level of 85%” External link

agriland Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “It seems as if the minister is doing his best to ‘sugarcoat’ [the] announcement in an effort to appease farmers, when, in fact, the benefits might not be as great as farmers are being led to believe,” External link

agriland Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “There are so many questions which, at the moment, are left unanswered. The minister must come out and clarify his position,” External link

agriland Friday, October 15, 2021 2:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “Minister Ryan must clearly explain what plans he has in store for the closed peat-fired power stations over the next few years to deal with potential power shortages,” External link

agriland Friday, October 15, 2021 2:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “Minister Ryan must clearly explain what plans he has in store for the closed peat-fired power stations over the next few years to deal with potential power shortages,” External link

independent-ie Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "I believe the Minister needs to come out and publicly clarify his comments," External link

westmeathindependent Thursday, October 14, 2021 7:19:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice commented : “Many towns and villages will be left extremely disappointed as these banks close today” External link

agriland Friday, October 8, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “This will need to be addressed if it prevents people from effectively utilising their services,” External link

agriland Friday, October 8, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice remarked : “We now have a situation where a farmer may have been rejected from the scheme, despite their next-door neighbour – who received the same amount of points as part of the initial assessment – being accepted,” External link

agriland Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “Farm safety is a matter of huge importance and we must not back farmers or agricultural contractors into a corner where they are rushing to get work done in order to meet a deadline, when favourable weather conditions are on the horizon,” External link

agriland Thursday, May 27, 2021 6:38:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “Thankfully, everyone now is singing from the one hymn sheet and work can get underway as soon as possible,” External link

agriland Friday, May 21, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed ( about Micheal Martin ) : “The Taoiseach Micheál Martin was caught speaking out of both sides of his mouth. At the beginning of the week, he condemned An Taisce in the Dáil – and then he was happy to bring in a Climate Bill that will paralyse rural Ireland,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, May 18, 2021 4:50:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “I hope those living in rural Ireland can see that the Taoiseach was just trying to appease voters with his comments in the Dáil,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, May 18, 2021 4:50:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “While Bord na Móna continue to indicate that its hands are tied from a legal standpoint, I still believe there is a workable solution to be found and it is something I will be following up on,” External link

agriland Monday, May 10, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “We must remember that many farmers and landowners had to sell bog to Bord na Móna historically as a result of compulsory purchase orders. It is time now for Bord na Móna to return the favour,” External link

agriland Monday, May 10, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “We must remember that many farmers and landowners had to sell bog to Bord na Móna historically as a result of compulsory purchase orders. It is time now for Bord na Móna to return the favour,” External link

independent-ie Sunday, May 9, 2021 2:19:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “We must remember that many farmers and landowners had to sell bog to Bord na Móna historically as a result of compulsory purchase orders. It is time now for Bord na Móna to return the favour,” External link

independent-ie Friday, May 7, 2021 10:56:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Climate Action ) : “Rural Ireland is ablaze with concern over the consequences for our people of the Climate Action Plan. When it comes to the perspective of An Taisce, I and rural Ireland are still waiting for answers. It is not a scenario conducive to building trust,” External link

agriland Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “It appears opposed to everything from farming on peat soils to quarries, water development, one-off housing, housing estates, road building, forests and retrofitting,” “It hardly makes rural Ireland an attractive place to live if we are, under this vision, to abandon every piece of progress since rural electrification” External link

agriland Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Pay in the department seems to be gone up 11% and administration non-pay is down 4%; could you give us a breakdown on that?” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:25:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “One would have to wonder has the government side-lined the Just Transition Commissioner – because we rarely get to hear what he is working on” External link

agriland Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “As it stands, BNM is trying to drop the hatchet on up to 4,000 households who have traditionally taken plots of turf on BNM bogs around the country,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “That’s the big fear among farmers, and it is not scaremongering, it is reality,” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 24, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed ( about Climate Action ) : “Under this new Climate Action Bill, we are putting ourselves in real danger of getting rid of jobs and turning the lights out,” External link

agriland Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “If the Irish people accept this, then large swathes of the country will be turned into theme parks. I would urge all in opposition to row against this fantasy bill,” External link

agriland Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “I am led to believe that they are leading with the statistic that seven out of 10 people won’t be affected, as a result of having turbary rights. But the reality of the situation is that this has nothing got to do with it,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:50:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice remarked ( about Kildare North ) : “People across parts of Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Tipperary, Laois, Kildare and Meath will feel the brunt of this decision. The government must be willing to step in and prevent ordinary people from being left without fuel for their fire,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:50:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “To announce these closures in the midst of a lockdown heaps further anxiety on the most vulnerable in our society, who prefer interacting with a human to complete their transactions rather than a machine,” External link

agriland Monday, March 1, 2021 5:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “If a postmaster or postmistress retires or passes away, the community shouldn’t have to live in fear that they will lose yet another service,” External link

agriland Monday, March 1, 2021 5:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “the least this government could do” External link

agriland Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Above all, this government needs to understand that – for rural Ireland in particular – appeals to hold firm are no longer enough” External link

agriland Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "It is as well to tell the minister straight out that there is speculation that some of the retail operators have told the factories to pull back to three days a week because there will be a shortage of cattle later – and the longer they hold back to three days a week, the more of an opportunity there will be to flood the market. " External link

independent-ie Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice indicated : “They noted that they are liaising with various farm organisations and community groups to allay any fears out there in relation to the rehabilitation project. With a designated community liaison officer, BNM are willing to openly engage with anyone who wishes to raise a question or concern,” External link

agriland Monday, February 22, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “The price of beef has plummeted all of a sudden. "It is as well to tell the minister straight out that there is speculation that some of the retail operators have told the factories to pull back to three days a week because there will be a shortage of cattle later –and the longer they hold back to three days a week, the more of an opportunity there will be to flood the market. "This needs investigating but the taskforce is not sitting. Will the minister get the chairman of the taskforce to sit at least once a month? Farmers only hear what happens a month after the task force meets and they need to be able to see what happens live. That is important,” External link

independent-ie Thursday, February 18, 2021 7:09:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “I think over the last couple of months, the government has lost control, and the Department of Education has lost control. It has been stop-start,” External link

thejournal Sunday, February 14, 2021 5:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Hands off the west of Ireland” External link

agriland Friday, February 12, 2021 6:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “It is because of this directive that licensed merchants, who have a QQI qualification, are fearful of losing their incomes,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “It seems as if Ireland is in a race to close indigenous industries in order to be viewed as the golden student; but in doing so, we are leaving ourselves extremely vulnerable and dependent on others,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice noted : “The majority of farmers find it extremely difficult to make sense of the nitrate statements sent out to them, as well as the fact that the statements available [online] are only updated monthly,” External link

agriland Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:08:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “Issues around the sale of wet timber were also addressed at the meeting with the minister and his officials and advisors. It was outlined that in some instances timber is cut and burned far too quickly – reducing the time it has for moisture levels to drop if it is not kiln dried,” External link

agriland Friday, January 15, 2021 5:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “I will continue to monitor each step the department makes as part of this upcoming consultation, but I will not rush into making statements until clarity is received on a particular point,” External link

agriland Friday, January 15, 2021 5:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Alternative solutions must be found to allow essential business to continue while still being mindful of Covid-19,” External link

agriland Monday, January 11, 2021 7:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “These are people who may be depending on carers or family members to offer them support so they can remain living at home. They must also be afforded the opportunity to avail of the vaccine at the earliest possible convenience,” External link

agriland Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice says : “shows that the Joint Oireachtas Agriculture Committee was misled – at best – when the minister and senior department officials were last before the committee” External link

agriland Thursday, December 3, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “I look forward to seeing the update for the committee from Minister Hackett this week, but the fact of the matter is that she – along with senior department officials – may need to be called back before the committee,” External link

agriland Thursday, December 3, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice remarked : “A common sense approach could avoid any potential problems arising down the line,” External link

agriland Tuesday, November 24, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “This is an opportunity to rid ourselves of this invasive species once and for all,” External link

agriland Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice warned : “Small farmers won’t be able to afford what’s coming down the road,” External link

agriland Friday, November 13, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

longfordleader Friday, October 30, 2020 2:24:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, October 26, 2020 6:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, October 26, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 26, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Given the time of year, farmers have to market their livestock. This is an exceptionally busy time for farmers and marts, particularly when it comes to weanling sales,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 24, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Today has shown that the concerns around the state of rural broadband and the potential for disaster when it comes to 100% online bidding were well founded,” “The Minister for Agriculture needs to step up to the mark and fight to allow buyers to remain around the ring once strict regulations are followed,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 24, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 24, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

agriland Saturday, October 24, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “In fairness, over the past few months, all the marts have run the show online but also ensured that people on site practised safe social distancing,” External link

agriland Thursday, October 22, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “It is imperative that timber is got to the mills as soon as possible, otherwise jobs will be lost,” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 29, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “These people have little or no options but to get in their car if they have to commute to work, due to the ,” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:52:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said ( about Charlie McConalogue ) : “Minister McConalogue must now work to repair the damage caused by these letters and bring all of the stakeholders together as soon as possible” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “It appears as if recent decisions, particularly the move to issue TB letters to farmers last week, were rammed through by the department without sufficient consideration for their implications” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “There’s a crucial issue that has come out in the last few days,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “in the coming days – not in the coming months” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Other pressing matters for the incoming minister include the new CAP, the roll over of GLAS and the introduction of a new environmental scheme,” External link

con-telegraph Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “First of all, they are talking about a requirement for an extra 1,600 buses (nationally). Having spoken to people in the industry, it is very questionable whether they are even there at the moment,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, August 27, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “The bottom line is, if we don't have enough additional buses or drivers to facilitate the plan revealed by Minister Foley, how are kids going to get to school?” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, August 27, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice argued : “It’s actually a joke to think that a Taoiseach, who is caught up with the Covid-19 situation in its entirety, would even have time to be involved in the agricultural sector,” External link

agriland Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:52:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “I believe the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, needs to get involved in this situation as we cannot allow the number of students who avail of discretionary school transport to be reduced, or, for the number of bus routes to decrease because of last week’s decision,” External link

agriland Monday, August 24, 2020 5:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Micheal Martin ) : “The situation is untenable and Micheál Martin must show leadership straightaway,” External link

agriland Friday, August 21, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “One would have to wonder if there is a desire to block as many farmers as possible from the TAMS funding,” “Farmers should not lose out on TAMS funding due to delays in the planning procedure caused by emergency legislation brought in by public representatives” External link

agriland Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “One would have to wonder if there is a desire to block as many farmers as possible from the TAMS funding,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Farmers have received rejection letters as they didn’t qualify under the ‘tick the box’ system the department has set up,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Dara Calleary ) : “Now is the time for Minister Calleary to stand by the farming community and deliver on this as one of his first duties,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “However, it is vital that the farming community along the Shannon callows are assisted in every way possible to harvest the fodder they require for their animals,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "anyone who has a bull's iota about rural Ireland would know that in most pubs in rural Ireland during the week there might not be four or five people" External link

RTERadio Sunday, July 19, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice argued : “But remember one thing: For years, an imbalance has been in agriculture. The conglomerates, through previous governments, have been looked after year upon year,” External link

agriland Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT



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Michael Fitzmaurice commented : “It would do our urban experts a great deal of use, were they to realise we are the conservators and curators of the land. We realise all too clearly that biodiversity is critical to a successful farming future” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 17, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Roscommon County Council seem to be at the end of their tether on this. I think they should hand it over or ask the OPW to directly put in whatever reports or planning is required to comply with these court rulings to make sure this job can proceed,” External link

agriland Monday, May 9, 2022 8:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “If this isn’t done, it is like a basin – it will fill up higher. This pipe is a necessity for everyone in that area to help them,” External link

agriland Monday, May 9, 2022 8:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “We are a small country at the end of a very small line when it comes to gas or diesel. When we have a fuel source of our own now is not the time to attack it. Jesus, it doesn’t make sense at all,” External link

guardian Wednesday, May 4, 2022 7:31:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Over the fortnight, in most radio stations around the country, we’ve heard these same TDs telling, basically the public and their constituency, that it was scandalous what was being proposed, that they wouldn’t stand for it, it could split a Government,” “But the funny thing, when they went to the Dáil their finger seems to go a different way” External link

waterford-news Thursday, April 28, 2022 10:25:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "Over the fortnight, in most radio stations around the country, we've heard these same TDs telling, basically the public and their constituency, that it was scandalous what was being proposed, that they wouldn't stand for it, it could split a Government," "But the funny thing, when they went to the Dáil their finger seems to go a different way" External link

breakingnews-ie Thursday, April 28, 2022 9:31:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "There's only one way to make top civil servants accountable; we must make their roles acting positions, starting and ending their roles when a new government is formed" External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, April 12, 2022 4:09:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice explained : “Don’t get me wrong, there are some capable and well-intentioned people in the top jobs and the reality is that these people, who are doing their jobs well and are on top of their game will be retained in their roles or promoted, why wouldn’t they be?” External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, April 12, 2022 4:09:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “This inexcusable act of government overreach must be resisted and it is now time that all rural TDs, from every party, stand up and be counted instead of just blaming the Greens for everything. Without their support, this can’t happen,” External link

agriland Monday, April 11, 2022 3:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice asserted : “The EU are using sleight of hand to bring in what is essentially a licence system for farming. And once you must be licenced to do your job, you can be controlled and worse – stopped,” External link

agriland Sunday, April 10, 2022 8:52:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice remarked : “This is the EU attacking the family farm, and needs to be opposed. If this move goes unchallenged it will only act to consolidate farming in the hands of big farmers,” External link

agriland Sunday, April 10, 2022 8:52:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice argued : “This is not about small Irish farmers versus big Irish farmers. It is a matter of all Irish farmers against the EU and its underhanded efforts to effectively corporatise Irish farming,” External link

agriland Sunday, April 10, 2022 8:52:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “Having seen the process of preparing a load of calves for export, I was hugely impressed by the extremely high animal welfare standards and comfort afforded to the calves during loading, the amount of straw used and the high standard of the facilities” External link

agriland Monday, April 4, 2022 8:12:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “The minister has some difficult decisions to make and must push for the best possible outcome if he is to get farmers on board,” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 23, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice explained : “There are many HGVs which are privately-owned across the country which don’t require the owner to obtain a haulage operator’s licence. For instance, if the owners are transporting their own produce, the licence is not required,” External link

agriland Friday, March 11, 2022 9:42:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice warned : “A social explosion is about to happen in the next week or two if the government does not respond effectively to this crisis,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 10, 2022 10:53:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “A lorry to run is €40 an hour in diesel at the moment. What are you going doing in the next week because there is ferocious frustration out there in the general public?” External link

agriland Friday, March 4, 2022 6:41:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice noted : “One could spend 90 minutes on a phone call. Does an 85-year-old deserve that?” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, March 3, 2022 5:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “If Europe pushes ahead with this legislation, similar action will have to be taken. Otherwise, those of us left in rural Ireland will be left looking out a half door at a wilderness with no communities left,” External link

agriland Friday, February 25, 2022 11:12:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “All have made varying excuses to stall or prevent the meeting. Minister McConalogue agreed to attend if the other two invitees attended; Minister Noonan said he would attend to discuss the matter under his brief; while Minister Ryan declared he was not available” External link

agriland Tuesday, February 22, 2022 10:57:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “The cost of diesel, both white and green, has risen continually for months. The price of fertiliser has skyrocketed. Agricultural contractors and hauliers alike are under serious pressure given the rising fuel costs,” External link

agriland Friday, February 11, 2022 11:38:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “As people are voting with their feet and walking away from this invisible service the [government] must move to restore confidence to the scheme by imposing some form of accountability and effectual target setting on NBI,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 3, 2022 9:12:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “I do not buy into it that ‘for operational reasons’ they cannot tell us the number of Defence Forces personnel in any part of the country, it is disgraceful and whoever wrote that answer should be ashamed of themselves,” External link

westmeathindependent Wednesday, February 2, 2022 11:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “This is particularly the case in fields that border roads and laneways. Otherwise, the hedges would continue to grow out onto roads and further inwards in fields,” External link

agriland Wednesday, February 2, 2022 12:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “Surely, the rural TDs of both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael could not support a move to get rid of this exemption. I am [asking] Minister Ryan and his department to reinstate this exemption as a matter of urgency,” External link

agriland Wednesday, February 2, 2022 12:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “A lot of contractors are looking to see if they would be better to go to the building sector because they cannot sustain what is going on,” External link

agriland Friday, January 28, 2022 5:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Leaving Certificate ) : “I will aim to bring this matter to Minister Foley’s direct attention in the hope that the current crop of Leaving Certificate exam students will be afforded the choice of the hybrid exam system,” External link

westmeathindependent Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:33:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice urged : “Given that this is the final year of the scheme as it stands, due to the introduction of the new Common Agricultural Policy [CAP], I am calling on the minister to relax the rules and allow all applicants to benefit from the scheme once they adhere to the measures,” External link

agriland Monday, January 17, 2022 12:38:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Charlie McConalogue ) : “Given that the deadline for applications to the sixth year of the scheme closes on February 1, I hope Minister McConalogue will move swiftly in order to allow all applicants have an equal chance of availing of the benefits of the scheme,” External link

agriland Monday, January 17, 2022 12:38:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “To call a spade a spade, you’re bringing in a way forward of ticking a box that Ireland will reach its target and that you’ll be able to do a press release to say, ‘we’ve reached the 7,000 or 8,000ha target’,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:01:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice argued : “If we begin to limit food production, how do we expect to feed these people? A major reality check needs to happen when planning for the future,” External link

agriland Wednesday, November 3, 2021 2:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice asked : “How can we suggest to limit food production in sustainable parts of the world, while simultaneously encouraging deforestation in another?” External link

agriland Wednesday, November 3, 2021 2:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “In the past week or two, I have heard that Teagasc – which gets a lot of money from the state – and the government a re not looking at hedgerows in considering the carbon tonnage sequestered around the country,” “I am led to believe that Teagasc doesn’t have the figures for the carbon sequestered by hedgerows and trees” External link

agriland Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “It is a damn bad way of doing things and puts pressure on people,” External link

agriland Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “As part of this scheme, 20,000 farmers are set to get paid at a higher rate than the remaining 30,000,” “It is worth welcoming the news that the decision has been made to redistribute 10% of the value of the Pillar I budget to the Complementary Redistributive Income Support for Sustainability (CRISS) – or frontloading to those of us on the ground – as well as the move to continue with internal convergence to a level of 85%” External link

agriland Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “It seems as if the minister is doing his best to ‘sugarcoat’ [the] announcement in an effort to appease farmers, when, in fact, the benefits might not be as great as farmers are being led to believe,” External link

agriland Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “There are so many questions which, at the moment, are left unanswered. The minister must come out and clarify his position,” External link

agriland Friday, October 15, 2021 2:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “Minister Ryan must clearly explain what plans he has in store for the closed peat-fired power stations over the next few years to deal with potential power shortages,” External link

agriland Friday, October 15, 2021 2:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “Minister Ryan must clearly explain what plans he has in store for the closed peat-fired power stations over the next few years to deal with potential power shortages,” External link

independent-ie Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "I believe the Minister needs to come out and publicly clarify his comments," External link

westmeathindependent Thursday, October 14, 2021 7:19:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice commented : “Many towns and villages will be left extremely disappointed as these banks close today” External link

agriland Friday, October 8, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “This will need to be addressed if it prevents people from effectively utilising their services,” External link

agriland Friday, October 8, 2021 8:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice remarked : “We now have a situation where a farmer may have been rejected from the scheme, despite their next-door neighbour – who received the same amount of points as part of the initial assessment – being accepted,” External link

agriland Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “Farm safety is a matter of huge importance and we must not back farmers or agricultural contractors into a corner where they are rushing to get work done in order to meet a deadline, when favourable weather conditions are on the horizon,” External link

agriland Thursday, May 27, 2021 6:38:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “Thankfully, everyone now is singing from the one hymn sheet and work can get underway as soon as possible,” External link

agriland Friday, May 21, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed ( about Micheal Martin ) : “The Taoiseach Micheál Martin was caught speaking out of both sides of his mouth. At the beginning of the week, he condemned An Taisce in the Dáil – and then he was happy to bring in a Climate Bill that will paralyse rural Ireland,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, May 18, 2021 4:50:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “I hope those living in rural Ireland can see that the Taoiseach was just trying to appease voters with his comments in the Dáil,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, May 18, 2021 4:50:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “While Bord na Móna continue to indicate that its hands are tied from a legal standpoint, I still believe there is a workable solution to be found and it is something I will be following up on,” External link

agriland Monday, May 10, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “We must remember that many farmers and landowners had to sell bog to Bord na Móna historically as a result of compulsory purchase orders. It is time now for Bord na Móna to return the favour,” External link

agriland Monday, May 10, 2021 2:11:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “We must remember that many farmers and landowners had to sell bog to Bord na Móna historically as a result of compulsory purchase orders. It is time now for Bord na Móna to return the favour,” External link

independent-ie Sunday, May 9, 2021 2:19:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “We must remember that many farmers and landowners had to sell bog to Bord na Móna historically as a result of compulsory purchase orders. It is time now for Bord na Móna to return the favour,” External link

independent-ie Friday, May 7, 2021 10:56:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Climate Action ) : “Rural Ireland is ablaze with concern over the consequences for our people of the Climate Action Plan. When it comes to the perspective of An Taisce, I and rural Ireland are still waiting for answers. It is not a scenario conducive to building trust,” External link

agriland Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “It appears opposed to everything from farming on peat soils to quarries, water development, one-off housing, housing estates, road building, forests and retrofitting,” “It hardly makes rural Ireland an attractive place to live if we are, under this vision, to abandon every piece of progress since rural electrification” External link

agriland Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Pay in the department seems to be gone up 11% and administration non-pay is down 4%; could you give us a breakdown on that?” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:25:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “One would have to wonder has the government side-lined the Just Transition Commissioner – because we rarely get to hear what he is working on” External link

agriland Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “As it stands, BNM is trying to drop the hatchet on up to 4,000 households who have traditionally taken plots of turf on BNM bogs around the country,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “That’s the big fear among farmers, and it is not scaremongering, it is reality,” External link

agriland Wednesday, March 24, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed ( about Climate Action ) : “Under this new Climate Action Bill, we are putting ourselves in real danger of getting rid of jobs and turning the lights out,” External link

agriland Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “If the Irish people accept this, then large swathes of the country will be turned into theme parks. I would urge all in opposition to row against this fantasy bill,” External link

agriland Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “I am led to believe that they are leading with the statistic that seven out of 10 people won’t be affected, as a result of having turbary rights. But the reality of the situation is that this has nothing got to do with it,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:50:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice remarked ( about Kildare North ) : “People across parts of Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Tipperary, Laois, Kildare and Meath will feel the brunt of this decision. The government must be willing to step in and prevent ordinary people from being left without fuel for their fire,” External link

agriland Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:50:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “To announce these closures in the midst of a lockdown heaps further anxiety on the most vulnerable in our society, who prefer interacting with a human to complete their transactions rather than a machine,” External link

agriland Monday, March 1, 2021 5:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “If a postmaster or postmistress retires or passes away, the community shouldn’t have to live in fear that they will lose yet another service,” External link

agriland Monday, March 1, 2021 5:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “the least this government could do” External link

agriland Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Above all, this government needs to understand that – for rural Ireland in particular – appeals to hold firm are no longer enough” External link

agriland Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "It is as well to tell the minister straight out that there is speculation that some of the retail operators have told the factories to pull back to three days a week because there will be a shortage of cattle later – and the longer they hold back to three days a week, the more of an opportunity there will be to flood the market. " External link

independent-ie Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice indicated : “They noted that they are liaising with various farm organisations and community groups to allay any fears out there in relation to the rehabilitation project. With a designated community liaison officer, BNM are willing to openly engage with anyone who wishes to raise a question or concern,” External link

agriland Monday, February 22, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “The price of beef has plummeted all of a sudden. "It is as well to tell the minister straight out that there is speculation that some of the retail operators have told the factories to pull back to three days a week because there will be a shortage of cattle later –and the longer they hold back to three days a week, the more of an opportunity there will be to flood the market. "This needs investigating but the taskforce is not sitting. Will the minister get the chairman of the taskforce to sit at least once a month? Farmers only hear what happens a month after the task force meets and they need to be able to see what happens live. That is important,” External link

independent-ie Thursday, February 18, 2021 7:09:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “I think over the last couple of months, the government has lost control, and the Department of Education has lost control. It has been stop-start,” External link

thejournal Sunday, February 14, 2021 5:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Hands off the west of Ireland” External link

agriland Friday, February 12, 2021 6:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “It is because of this directive that licensed merchants, who have a QQI qualification, are fearful of losing their incomes,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “It seems as if Ireland is in a race to close indigenous industries in order to be viewed as the golden student; but in doing so, we are leaving ourselves extremely vulnerable and dependent on others,” External link

agriland Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice noted : “The majority of farmers find it extremely difficult to make sense of the nitrate statements sent out to them, as well as the fact that the statements available [online] are only updated monthly,” External link

agriland Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:08:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “Issues around the sale of wet timber were also addressed at the meeting with the minister and his officials and advisors. It was outlined that in some instances timber is cut and burned far too quickly – reducing the time it has for moisture levels to drop if it is not kiln dried,” External link

agriland Friday, January 15, 2021 5:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “I will continue to monitor each step the department makes as part of this upcoming consultation, but I will not rush into making statements until clarity is received on a particular point,” External link

agriland Friday, January 15, 2021 5:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Alternative solutions must be found to allow essential business to continue while still being mindful of Covid-19,” External link

agriland Monday, January 11, 2021 7:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “These are people who may be depending on carers or family members to offer them support so they can remain living at home. They must also be afforded the opportunity to avail of the vaccine at the earliest possible convenience,” External link

agriland Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice says : “shows that the Joint Oireachtas Agriculture Committee was misled – at best – when the minister and senior department officials were last before the committee” External link

agriland Thursday, December 3, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “I look forward to seeing the update for the committee from Minister Hackett this week, but the fact of the matter is that she – along with senior department officials – may need to be called back before the committee,” External link

agriland Thursday, December 3, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice remarked : “A common sense approach could avoid any potential problems arising down the line,” External link

agriland Tuesday, November 24, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “This is an opportunity to rid ourselves of this invasive species once and for all,” External link

agriland Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice warned : “Small farmers won’t be able to afford what’s coming down the road,” External link

agriland Friday, November 13, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

longfordleader Friday, October 30, 2020 2:24:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, October 26, 2020 6:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, October 26, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 26, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Given the time of year, farmers have to market their livestock. This is an exceptionally busy time for farmers and marts, particularly when it comes to weanling sales,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 24, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Today has shown that the concerns around the state of rural broadband and the potential for disaster when it comes to 100% online bidding were well founded,” “The Minister for Agriculture needs to step up to the mark and fight to allow buyers to remain around the ring once strict regulations are followed,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 24, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 24, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Otherwise, the livelihoods of farmers will take a nosedive. A common sense approach needs to be taken to address this matter,” External link

agriland Saturday, October 24, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “In fairness, over the past few months, all the marts have run the show online but also ensured that people on site practised safe social distancing,” External link

agriland Thursday, October 22, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “It is imperative that timber is got to the mills as soon as possible, otherwise jobs will be lost,” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 29, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “These people have little or no options but to get in their car if they have to commute to work, due to the ,” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:52:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said ( about Charlie McConalogue ) : “Minister McConalogue must now work to repair the damage caused by these letters and bring all of the stakeholders together as soon as possible” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice claimed : “It appears as if recent decisions, particularly the move to issue TB letters to farmers last week, were rammed through by the department without sufficient consideration for their implications” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “There’s a crucial issue that has come out in the last few days,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice added : “in the coming days – not in the coming months” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “Other pressing matters for the incoming minister include the new CAP, the roll over of GLAS and the introduction of a new environmental scheme,” External link

con-telegraph Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “First of all, they are talking about a requirement for an extra 1,600 buses (nationally). Having spoken to people in the industry, it is very questionable whether they are even there at the moment,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, August 27, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “The bottom line is, if we don't have enough additional buses or drivers to facilitate the plan revealed by Minister Foley, how are kids going to get to school?” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, August 27, 2020 4:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice argued : “It’s actually a joke to think that a Taoiseach, who is caught up with the Covid-19 situation in its entirety, would even have time to be involved in the agricultural sector,” External link

agriland Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:52:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “I believe the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, needs to get involved in this situation as we cannot allow the number of students who avail of discretionary school transport to be reduced, or, for the number of bus routes to decrease because of last week’s decision,” External link

agriland Monday, August 24, 2020 5:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Micheal Martin ) : “The situation is untenable and Micheál Martin must show leadership straightaway,” External link

agriland Friday, August 21, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “One would have to wonder if there is a desire to block as many farmers as possible from the TAMS funding,” “Farmers should not lose out on TAMS funding due to delays in the planning procedure caused by emergency legislation brought in by public representatives” External link

agriland Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “One would have to wonder if there is a desire to block as many farmers as possible from the TAMS funding,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : “Farmers have received rejection letters as they didn’t qualify under the ‘tick the box’ system the department has set up,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded ( about Dara Calleary ) : “Now is the time for Minister Calleary to stand by the farming community and deliver on this as one of his first duties,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice concluded : “However, it is vital that the farming community along the Shannon callows are assisted in every way possible to harvest the fodder they require for their animals,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice said : "anyone who has a bull's iota about rural Ireland would know that in most pubs in rural Ireland during the week there might not be four or five people" External link

RTERadio Sunday, July 19, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Michael Fitzmaurice argued : “But remember one thing: For years, an imbalance has been in agriculture. The conglomerates, through previous governments, have been looked after year upon year,” External link

agriland Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
deputy67.39%EN04/14/201714/04/2017
coach4.35%EN11/24/201624/11/2016
vp26.09%EN10/25/201625/10/2016
candidate2.17%EN09/10/201410/09/2014
Names Lang Count
Michael FitzmauriceEN100.00%
Michael FitzmauricePT0.00%


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