Brexit risk for Irish farming
Taoiseach Enda Kenny warned a UK withdrawal from the EU could be a "shock" for Irish agriculture, writes Farming Editor Louise Hogan.
As he addressed farm leaders in the headquarters of the Irish Farmers' Association, Mr Kenny noted Ireland had a "real interest" in the UK remaining part of the EU but it was ultimately a decision for the British electorate.
IFA national chairman Jer Bergin warned the viability of family farms had been threatened by a combination of reduced national funding for farm schemes, lower supports from Europe through the Common Agricultural Policy and greater exposure to volatile world markets.
He called for annual expenditure of €580m on farm schemes and improved services for rural Ireland.