Budget 2019 & the Implications for Agriculture


When:  Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 3.00 pm

Where: The Keadeen Hotel, Curragh Road, Ballymany, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, W12 T925

Fee:  Free to ASA members; €25.00 for non-members. Advanced registration is required for everyone.

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The ASA will bring together experts to discuss the implications of the budget announcement for the agriculture and agri-food industry.  Join experts to discuss what has changed  and how it affects your business.



2.30 pm – Registration

3.00 pm – Discussion with Aisling Meehan, Solicitor & Tax Consultant, Agricultural Solicitors; Declan McEvoy, Head of Tax, IFAC and Martin Stapleton, Chair of Farm Business, IFA.  The session will be chaired by Aoife Byrne, Assistant Professor, UCD.

Q & A session to follow discussion.

4.30 pm – Networking


Speaker Profiles:
Aisling Meehan graduated from University of Limerick with an honours degree in Law and Accounting.  She trained in one of Ireland’s top five law firms qualifying as a Solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser.   She subsequently set up her own practice 10 years ago on her family’s award winning dairy farm in Newmarket on Fergus, County Clare specialising in agricultural law and tax advice and has a nationwide client base.  She takes an active part in shaping agricultural legal and tax policy and was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2011.  She is regularly invited to speak on national television and radio and is solicitor to the Irish Farmers Journal.  She also farms in her own right and is involved in the family’s dairy enterprise milking 370 cows.
Martin Stapleton is dairy farmer from Limerick and is Chairman of the IFA Farm Business Committee. Martin has been an active member of the IFA for 15 years and was elected Chairman of the FBC in early 2016. This is a national committee with 29 elected representatives from across the country. As Chair Martin plays a pivotal role in providing farmers with comprehensive updates on a range of business issues affecting farm families. One of the key roles of the Farm Business Committee is the development of the IFA annual pre-budget submission. This contains proposals on taxation and expenditure measures for consideration in the Government Budget. Martin takes a leading role on banking issues such as access to credit and finance on behalf of members through liaising with banking and lending institutes
Chair: Aoife Byrne is an Assistant Professor in Farm Business & Financial Management in the UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science. Having qualified with a BAgrSc (Agribusiness & Rural Development) from UCD, Aoife continued her studies and was awarded a Professional Diploma in Accounting (PDA) from DCU. Aoife subsequently completed the Professional Associate Examinations of both Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Irish Taxation Institute. Aoife has gained considerable experience in her career to date in the business, accountancy, taxation, agricultural and educational areas for private, public and corporate clients. Alongside her professional career, Aoife is also actively involved in her family’s home farm.  Aoife joined the Agricultural Science Association as a student member and in more recent years has played a very active role within the Association having held the position of Treasurer for four consecutive years during her five-year term on Council.
This event is kindly supported by:

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