Saturday 1 October 2016

Floods and rural crime are key issues, says IFA

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

IFA national chairman Jer Bergin and deputy president Tim O’Leary at the launch of IFA’s Election Submission for the 2016 General Election in Dublin. Photo: Finbarr O’Rourke
IFA national chairman Jer Bergin and deputy president Tim O’Leary at the launch of IFA’s Election Submission for the 2016 General Election in Dublin. Photo: Finbarr O’Rourke

Rural crime will be a key issue as politicians hit the doorsteps in the coming weeks, with a stronger presence of gardaí essential to create a greater sense of security, warned the IFA.

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With the flooding of houses, farmyards and fields to dominate the election, the farm group said it would seek a single authority for waterways.

IFA acting general secretary Bryan Barry said many people in rural Ireland had experienced cuts in recent years but felt they have “not really benefited properly” from the pick-up in the economy.

As the body launched its submission to politicians, Jer Bergin, the national chair of the IFA, said there were 250,000 farm family votes “to be played for in this general election”.

“An investment in rural Ireland has always paid off, even in difficult times,” he said. He said management of waterways was key due to the severe impact flooding had had on rural dwellers and farmers.

“We have to put people, property and their livelihoods first in terms of dealing with the crisis,” he said.

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