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Minister Charlie McConalogue listens to questions from the floor at the INHFA AGM, The Bush Hotel, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photo: Brian Farrell

Minister Charlie McConalogue listens to questions from the floor at the INHFA AGM, The Bush Hotel, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photo: Brian Farrell

Minister Charlie McConalogue listens to questions from the floor at the INHFA AGM, The Bush Hotel, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photo: Brian Farrell

Hill farmers fear EU proposals to apply ‘strict protection’ to 10pc of land in the State under its biodiversity strategy would amount to ‘land sterilisation’.

Concerns over land designations dominated the INHFA AGM in Carrick-on-Shannon last week, where Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue also faced questions over his CAP, forestry and silage support scheme plans.


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