Thursday 29 September 2016

Brexit risk for Irish farming

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with the IFA’s Jer Bergin. Picture: Finbarr O'Rourke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with the IFA’s Jer Bergin. Picture: Finbarr O'Rourke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny warned a UK withdrawal from the EU could be a "shock" for Irish agriculture, writes Farming Editor Louise Hogan.

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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.

Irish Independent

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