Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Joint Oireachtas Committee

I was elected to this committee in 2016 and participate in specialised parliamentary work, taking evidence from interest groups, meet witnesses, and invite Department officials to discuss specific issues of interest to Ireland’s agri-food sector and fisheries industry.

You can find out more about the work of the Committee here.


6% increase in Cork employment opportunities

  Job creation in Cork is up by 6% in the last year – an increase of 1,372 jobs throughout the county. “This is excellent news for all of us here in Cork, and is consistent with the strong employment performance across the economy. “I am very pleased to see this strong level of job creation delivered by Government-backed companies; the employment boost from Enterprise Ireland backed companies shows the Regional Action Plans for Jobs is delivering for Cork. “Fine Gael’s priority

Lombard opens Constituency Office in Kinsale

  Yesterday morning (Monday) Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, opened his new constituency office in Kinsale. [caption id="attachment_1162" align="aligncenter" width="251"] Senator Lombard welcomes the public to visit his new constituency office[/caption]   “I am very excited about this new venture. I feel it is very importan

Revised Nitrates Action Programme a positive step for Irish farmers

  Cork Senator and member of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, Tim Lombard, has welcomed the renewal of Ireland’s derogation under the Nitrates Directive. Senator Lombard said: “The renewal of our Nitrates Derogation is very positive news for Irish farmers, providing us the capacity for achieving targets set out in the Food Wise 2025 Strategy. “This decision to renew this derogation is recognition that Ireland has and is continuing to maintain our commitment to improving water

€112,000 for agricultural shows in Cork

  A national allocation of €812,000 has been earmarked for Irish agricultural shows in 2018, €112,000 of which has been granted to Cork. Senator Lombard said: “Agricultural shows are hugely important to our rural economy. We know the economic benefit they bring to the local economy here in Cork, with surrounding towns and villages benefitting hugely from each show. “The Government considers this funding an important investment in rural communities and I am delighted that my colleag

Lombard declares for Cork South West

  Senator Tim Lombard has voiced his intention to declare for the Cork South West Fine Gael convention. Senator Lombard said: “The current precarious political situation has emphasised the need for clarity regarding Fine Gael candidates for the next general election, whether that will be this year, next year, or 2021. “I have previously indicated but am now declaring my intention to put my name forward to contest the Fine Gael convention for the Dáil Éireann in Cork South West.

TAMS II Scheme should include generators

"Funding for generators should be included in the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) II list of investment items" said Cork Senator, Tim Lombard, during a commencement debate in Seanad Eireann earlier this week. “TAMS II has a budget of €395 million to help finance farm expansion and modernization, including machinery. Some of the main objectives are to enable growth and competitiveness in the agriculture sector, address environmental issues, support the increased efficiency on

Lombard: €93 million for Cork farmers

The start of the 70% advance of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will see over €700 million sent out to 111,000 farmers across the country. 11,548 farmers in Cork will benefit from payments totalling €93,154,553, Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has said. “This advance payment is a welcome support for farmers here in Cork, and payments should have starting hitting bank accounts already. “My Fine Gael colleague Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has also confirmed that the level of the ad

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€13m for Cork farmers under ANC Scheme

Fine Gael Senator on the Agriculture panel, Tim Lombard, has said Cork farmers are set to benefit from €13,005,566 in funding under the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme. The funding was announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, and is set to benefit 75,000 farmers nationally with total funding exceeding €170 million. Senator Lombard said: “This funding will benefit 5,621 of our local, hard-working farmers. I would like to thank my Fine Gael coll

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€8.8m for National Food Innovation Hub in Cork

Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has welcomed plans for an €8.8 million National Food Innovation Hub to be located at Teagasc's Moorepark facility outside Fermoy. Speaking about the launch Senator Lombard said: “This National Food Innovation Hub is a critical and timely investment in our agri-food sector due to the uncertainty and potential challenges posed by Brexit. “As a member of the joint Oireachtas committee for Agriculture, Food and the Marine I am constantly discussing and debating

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Brexit-focussed budget that will support Cork businesses

Funding from Budget 2018 will assist local businesses in Cork, ensuring they are supported to face the challenges of Brexit, Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has said. A welcome announcement during Budget 2018 was An Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald, securing a €40 million increase in her Department’s capital budget – a record capital allocation for the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation. Senator Lombard said: “This is a pro-business Budget and the record level of multi-annual

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