Longford Leader Farming: Vote for those willing to fight for farmers

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IFA president Joe Healy.

Launching the IFA Manifesto for the European Parliament & Local Government Elections in Dublin, IFA President Joe Healy said those elected as MEPs for Ireland next month will have some far-reaching decisions to make about the future of Irish agriculture.

Joe Healy said that the major decisions on the shape of the next Common Agricultural Policy and the future trading relationship between the EU and UK will be made during the lifetime of the new European Parliament.

“It is vital that farmers vote for candidates who will be willing to ‘fight on their backs’ for Irish farmers,” he said.

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On Brexit, Mr Healy says that while the Withdrawal Agreement is proving to be a very challenging process, the future trading relationship with the UK had the potential to be even more complex and will have huge consequences for Ireland.

In advance of polling day on Friday, IFA is encouraging farm families to inform themselves about where candidates stand on our issues. In order to make an informed choice, farmers are asked to attend meetings in their constituency.