'Farm income crisis must be tackled': Cahill
Farming was the forgotten sector during the general election campaign, newly elected Tipperary Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill has claimed.
"I've never seen all sectors of farming looking down a worst crisis," he said, adding the farm income crisis must be tackled along with other "key rural issues such as a lack of GPs and roads."
A former president of the ICMSA Mr Cahill said that there also has to be recognition that the anti-austerity left vote is increasing in Ireland.
On possible coalition arrangements, he said: "A lot of our members would be very anti signing up with FG, so any decision we make will have to go before the Ard Fheis."
His comments were echoed by Fianna Fáil's agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív, a poll-topper in Galway West.
He said that while all the focus was on a Fine Gael- Fianna Fáil coalition, there were many "possibilities" and it was a "golden opportunity for reform".
Carlow-Kilkenny FG TD and dairy farmer Pat Deering said government had done much for the farming sector, particularly with taxation measures, and it should have played a "larger part" in the election campaign.
"The slogan 'keep the recovery going' didn't resonate with the vast majority of people outside of Dublin," he said.