Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development

Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development. The committee was established to advise and assist the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’Neill MLA, on matters within her responsibility as a Minister. The committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Mr William Irwin.


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The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will hold its next meeting on Tuesday 13 January, 2015

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.


Contact the Committee

Committee Clerk: Stella McArdle

Room 243,Parliament Buildings
Ballymiscaw, Stormont
Belfast, BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 1475
Email: committee.agriculture@niassembly.gov.uk


Committee Hears From Rural Community On Anti-Poverty And Social Inclusion

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development held a special event to gather views and ideas from rural dwellers and representatives on its current review of the Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion Programme. 

The existing programme, which forms part of the overall Programme for Government 2011-15, was designed to address rural poverty and disadvantage and to produce cohesive and tangible strategies to eliminate hardship and to increase social inclusion in rural areas. Today’s event brought together a range of rural community groups to reflect on the success or otherwise of the existing programme and to focus on key elements to be included in any successor programme. Find out more...




Committee Members meet rural dwellers and representatives on its current review of the Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion Programme


Safety First on Farms

Members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee at an event at Parliament Buildings to highlight the importance of putting safety first on farms, held on 14 January 2014.

Members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee at an event at Parliament Buildings to highlight the importance of putting safety first on farms, held on 14 January 2014. The event was held in conjunction with the Farm Safety Partnership, the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

Pictured l-r: Declan McAleer MLA; Deputy Chairperson Joe Byrne MLA; Jo-Anne Dobson MLA; Chairperson Paul Frew MLA; George Lucas, Chairperson of the Farm Safety Partnership; Michelle McIlveen MLA; William Irwin MLA; Thomas Buchanan MLA; Oliver McMullan MLA; and Ian Milne MLA.


Committee's First Meeting of the 2013-14 Session

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development held its first meeting of the new 2013/14 session on Tuesday 10 September 2013.  It is anticipated that in the new session the Committee will concentrate of a number of key issues including Farm Safety, the welfare of farmers, Going for Growth, fishing and CAP Reform including the Rural Development Programme.

  Pictured at today’s meeting are: (l-r) Robin Swann MLA, Thomas Buchanan MLA, Committee Chairperson Paul Frew MLA,  Deputy Chairperson Joe Byrne MLA, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Declan McAleer MLA and Ian Milne MLA.

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