'Prophets of doom will get their comeuppance' - Farmer optimistic about outcome of Brexit
My week: Michael Dullea
Michael Dullea is optimistic about the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and believes the prophets of doom will get their comeuppance when the prolonged talks on Britain's exit from the European Union are completed.
The beef and dairy farmer from Clonakilty is sanguine about all the talk of economic turbulence and firmly believes that "Ireland will weather the storm".
"Britain has always been our main agricultural market and that will continue to be the case, irrespective of what happens in these talks. The British will still have to import food when they leave the European Union. That's unlikely to change - we have been trading with them for generations and that is going to continue," says Michael with confidence.
At the same time, he also supports the current Government policy - and that of his own co-op, Lisavaird in Roscarberry - of aggressively seeking alternative markets.
But at the end of the day, he believes all the talk about hard and soft Brexits will come down to geography and established trading relationships.
"Sterling remains strong and here employment is on the way up. I think things will be all right when these talks are over," he adds.
At the moment, calving is the main preoccupation at Michael's 75ac home farm, with a further 50ac leased, near Kilmeen in Co Cork.
To date, a third of the cows have calved with no mishaps, but the work here is likely to continue to April.