Politicians must put farming top of Brexit agenda – IFA


Brexit is the greatest threat to Irish farming in our lifetimes and there is a huge responsibility on Irish, EU and UK politicians to get the negotiations right, IFA President Joe Healy said this week.

  The IFA President was speaking at a major IFA event attended by more than 800 farmers and addressed by EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed as well as farming and agri-food industry representatives.

  Joe Healy said: “The livelihoods of thousands of farm families and the future of the agriculture and food industry are at stake in Brexit negotiations. Commissioner Hogan, Minister Creed and the Irish Government must ensure that farming and agri-food issues are top of the EU’s Brexit agenda. This is about Europe showing its commitment to Irish farming, and Ireland’s farmers expect politicians to deliver.”

  The IFA has identified three key priorities to safeguard Irish agriculture in Brexit negotiations: the closest possible trading relationship between the EU and the UK; the value of the UK market must be maintained; and a fully-funded CAP must be secured.

  Joe Healy reiterated the importance of agriculture to the Irish economy saying, “Farming and food generates economic activity in every parish, village and town across Ireland, supporting 300,000 jobs directly and indirectly.”

  On Thursday this week, Joe Healy will travel to Brussels to build support among farm leaders from across Europe for IFA’s campaign.