Up to 150 farmers gathered in Clonmel, last week, to discuss the proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU.
Organised by local TD Tom Hayes, speakers at the meeting included MEP Mairead McGuinness and farming body representatives IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey, and ICMSA Deputy President Pat McCormack.
Deputy Hayes emphasised the important role agriculture plays in the Irish economy, and the need for the Government to do all in their power to help the industry grow even further.
Ms. McGuinness described the current deal as not favourable for Ireland, referring to the proposals as the “most difficult set of reforms Europe has dealt with.”
Both representatives from the IFA and ICMSA also outlined a number of their own concerns about the upcoming negotiations.
Read the full report from this meeting in The Nationalist, on sale tomorrow.