Public meeting on farming and Rural Ireland



Michael Fitzmaurice TD and Councillor Ivan Connaughton are jointly holding a public meeting on Easter Monday, 22nd of April in Dysart Community Centre at 8 pm. The meeting will discuss topics including CAP reform, carbon tax, beef and sheep sectors, rural isolation and issues affecting Rural Ireland. Guest speakers on the night will be Claire McCormack, News Editor from AgriLand, who will give an update on the CAP negotiations and a representative from the Beef Plan Movement.

  Michael Fitzmaurice TD states: “Ivan and I are holding this meeting to brief the farming community on matters that affect them most. It is important that the West of Ireland is not left behind in the CAP negotiations. Farmers need to be aware of the challenges ahead if there is a large rise in Carbon Tax.

  “The Beef Plan movement has gained strong support and a representative will be at the meeting to give an update on their progress. The rural communities in Roscommon and Galway are heavily reliant on the beef and sheep sectors and rural isolation is of big concern due to current government policies. This meeting will be part of a series of meetings I will be organising to ensure the people I represent have the opportunity to attend and have their say”.

  Cllr. Ivan Connaughton states: “I am delighted to hold this meeting with Michael Fitzmaurice. Michael is a champion for Rural Ireland, understands all the issues and works for solutions, not just talking. The topics to be discussed at this meeting are very relevant at this time. The farming sector is under severe pressure and the sustainability of the family farm is under the spotlight. This meeting has excellent speakers and most importantly the meeting will be open to the floor to hear the genuine concerns from the people most affected”.

  Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting at 8 pm on Easter Monday, 22nd of April. Tea and coffee will be served after the meeting.