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Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

With 31st October 2019 drawing ever closer, it is important that you ensure you are fully prepared and take all possible actions now in order to protect both your business and your employees against the challenges of Brexit.

Regardless of the nature of the UK’s exit from the EU, the way in which we trade with the UK will change. 

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, is urging all businesses to prepare now for these changes to protect themselves as far as possible against the challenges posed by Brexit.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has developed a “Brexit Preparedness Checklist” to help businesses identify the steps they need to take now to prepare. The checklist includes a list of supports available to businesses, along with the contact details of the agencies that administer these supports. Brexit Preparedness Checklist

The Government also launched ‘Getting your Business Brexit Ready – Practical Steps’ booklet. The booklet outlines the following 9 key steps that businesses should consider now to make sure they are best prepared for a no-deal Brexit: Getting your business Brexit ready – Practical Steps

  • Review your supply chain and UK market strategy
  • Understand the new rules for importing from or exporting to the UK
  • Be aware of possible changes to transport and logistics for goods transiting via the UK
  • Review all your regulation, licencing and certification requirements
  • Review your contracts and your data management
  • Manage your cash flow, currency and banking
  • Protect and inform your staff
  • Take advantage of Government Brexit programmes and supports
  • Know more about the impact on your sector

For further information on how Brexit may affect your business, please visit the Government of Ireland Brexit website at www.gov.ie/brexit


ICOS celebrate 125 years

2019 sees ICOS celebrate 125 years in existence, let’s see how far we’ve come!

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has received a significant response to their public consultation ‘Ag Climatise’.

‘Ag Climatise’ refers to a National climate change and air quality roadmap for the agri-food sector. The roadmap will set out specific actions to lower greenhouse gas emissions and ammonia emissions coming from the agriculture sector. DAFM received 400 responses to their online survey and 100 written submissions. Due to the volume of responses, DAFM has rearranged a stakeholder workshop on ‘Ag Climatise’ to 12th February to allow them to review all responses.

The main actions proposed by DAFM include:

  • Replacing CAN fertiliser % with Protected Urea by 50% by 2022
  • Prohibit the use of urea (replacing with protected urea), in particular on grassland by 2025
  • Increase Trailing Shoe LESS usage to 60% by 2022, 75% by 2025 and 90% by 2030
  • Increase EBI to €230 by 2030
  • Increase annual afforestation rates to 10,000 ha/annum by 2030
  • Rewet 40,000 ha of drained organic soils by 2022
  • Improve the soil/grassland management of 225,000 ha by 2025 and 450,000 ha by 2030
  • Promote the use of grass measurement for the majority of dairy farmers by 2022
  • Require incorporation of clover (and mixed species) in all grass reseeds by 2022
  • Develop an electronic fertiliser and manure data base to support best practice and evidence of optimum nutrient management and soil fertility
  • Enhance opportunities from nature-based solutions such as hedgerows farm woodlands and peatlands

ICOS submitted a high-level response in conjunction with Dairy Industry Ireland (DII). Additionally, a more detailed response to the questions posed by DAFM was submitted. Both submissions can be viewed here: ICOS and Dairy Sustainability Ireland

Eamonn Farrell – Agri Food Policy Executive