Reynolds focussed on to rural Ireland – and an end mass immigration

James Reynolds, leader of the Irish National Party and a long-standing advocate for the farming community, has officially announced his candidacy for the European Parliament, seeking to represent the Midlands-North-West Constituency.

County Longford-based Reynolds, who is also a full-time suckler and sheep farmer, is recognised for his support of farm families and for his critical views on EU agricultural policies.

According to Reynolds, his campaign is driven by his opposition to the EU Green Deal, which he believes has adversely affected rural Ireland. He specifically criticises the EU Nature Restoration Law, a new EU regulation that he claims mandates the re-wetting of drained agricultural lands and designates large areas of farmland as protected from farming use; a position disputed by advocates of the plan which was passed by the European Parliament in February. Reynolds argues that these policies are unfair and negatively impact the interests of Irish farmers and has called for its reversal.

Reynolds also expresses opposition to the EU ban on family turf cutting, which is traditionally used for heating homes in rural areas. He pledges to fight against this and other EU regulations that he believes criminalise traditional rural practices. Additionally, Reynolds opposes the Government’s current climate strategy, which includes plans to significantly reduce the national suckler herd and dairy cow numbers as part of environmental initiatives.

During his recent campaign launch in Athlone, Reynolds outlined his primary objectives: to save rural Ireland and to end mass immigration. These goals were reiterated during his appearance at the recent Midlands-North-West European Election hustings organised by the IFA, where he rejected the prevailing green agenda and proposed reallocating funds to support agricultural budgets.

In his announcement statement, Reynolds highlights contradictions in environmental policies that blame farmers for pollution while urban areas also contribute significantly to the issue. He argues that current environmental policies overlook the real impacts on rural communities and advocates for a reassessment of these approaches.

With a history of political activism in farming, including roles in the Irish Farmers Association and the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, Reynolds is a prominent figure in agricultural politics. He emphasises the need for representatives who genuinely represent rural interests and can challenge counterproductive policies at the EU level.