Roscommon IFA to host debate with General Election candidates

Roscommon IFA is hosting a debate on agriculture and rural issues with the Roscommon-East Galway General Election candidates. The debate will take place in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon at 8.30 pm next Monday, (15th February).

  IFA is meeting with candidates in all constituencies during the General Election campaign. At national level, IFA will be engaging with the party leaders and agriculture spokespersons in advance of polling day.

  John Hanley, Roscommon IFA Co. Chairman said, “IFA will work to ensure that politicians and political parties establish policies that promise a real and positive impact on agriculture and rural Ireland. We expect firm commitments from all parties that they will undertake actions to support agriculture, put the sustainable and profitable growth of family farming to the fore and prioritise the rejuvenation of rural Ireland as an essential element of economic recovery.

  “Crucially, when a new government is in place, they must make good on their election promises on agriculture as an utmost priority – IFA will be holding them to account on their commitments in any Programme for Government.” 

  IFA has launched a General Election Submission, which sets out the main policy issues to be addressed in each commodity sector and deals with important cross-sectoral issues. It also highlights the wider issues affecting farm families and rural communities in regard to rural services and infrastructure, social policy and farm safety.

  IFA says that farm families need to see tangible measures, which includes annual expenditure of €580m (national and EU) for farm schemes, including the restoration of cuts to payment rates for disadvantaged areas and €250m allocation for GLAS; stronger EU CAP budget and supports and increased supports for low-income sectors and vulnerable regions.