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‘Twinning is Winning’ as Irish Equine Centre and French research body, LABEO, agree commercial twinning arrangement

The further development of Irish and French Equine research will stand the Equine industry in Kildare and across Ireland in good stead, according to Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon.

Minister Heydon welcomed the official twinning arrangement between the Johnstown based Irish Equine Centre and the LABEO Animal Health Unit, located in […]

Minister Martin Heydon Reappointed to Department of Agriculture as Minister of State

Kildare’s Minister Martin Heydon has been re-appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture by newly appointed Taoiseach Simon Harris.
Speaking following his reappointment today (Wednesday) Minister Heydon said: “I am again honoured to be asked to serve in Government by An Taoiseach Simon Harris and to continue my work as Fine Gael’s voice […]

Minister Heydon announces major investment in farm safety

Funding provided for the procurement of 18 farm machinery simulators

Minister of State with responsibility for Farm Safety at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Heydon, T.D., today announced the provision of funding to Teagasc for the procurement of farm machinery simulators for use in agricultural colleges.

Making the announcement about the […]

€25,000 for Kildare Food Network under Agri Food Tourism Funding – HEYDON

Minister Martin Heydon has confirmed funding of €25,000 for the Kildare Food Network, Flavours of Kildare. The funding is made available under the 2022 Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

“Flavours of Kildare is a celebration of our Kildare food and drink producers whose mission is to champion […]

The Development of a New Food Hub for Athy is a Key Priority of New Mid East Regional Enterprise Plan – HEYDON

A new Regional Enterprise Plan for the Mid-East Region to 2024 was launched yesterday and includes a number of priorities for Kildare in the agri food, equine and low carbon sectors.

“The new Regional Enterprise Plan for the Counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow was launched by my colleague Minister Damien English yesterday.  It is one […]

Record funding a welcome boost to Animal Welfare organisations – Heydon

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon has welcomed the record level of funding awarded to 98 animal welfare organisations this week.

A total of €3.7m will be allocated to the organisations, including two in Kildare The KWWSPCA Animal Shelter (€34,500) and My Lovely Horse Rescue (€26,250), to support their ongoing efforts in […]

€70m national funding to help food producers in County Kildare diversify and develop post Brexit – HEYDON

Agri-food projects across County Kildare are to benefit from €70 million in national funding to help producers identify new markets and expand their offerings following Britain’s exit from the EU, a Fine Gael Kildare South TD and Minister of State Martin Heydon has said.

22 projects in the dairy and meat sectors across the country are […]

Minister Heydon welcomes work permit boost for equine and horticulture sectors

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon has welcomed an allocation of work permits for the equine and horticulture sector as part of a review of Ireland’s employment permits system.

Ireland operates a managed system which is reviewed twice a year. As part of the most recent review 1,000 permits were made available […]