Shock at death of Richard Booth
The farming community was shocked at the news of the death of prominent Laois beef farmer, Richard Booth.
A former national returning officer and chairman of the IFA livestock committee in the nineties, Mr Booth died suddenly at home on Friday.
IFA president John Bryan said that Mr Booth was a fearless representative of farmers who negotiated on their behalf during the MacSharry reforms of the CAP and the GATT talks.
Mr Booth also chaired the EU beef advisory committee and sat on many national boards including Teagasc's advisory board and Bord Bia's meat and livestock board.
He was well-known as a progressive farmer who was very generous with his advice and in-depth knowledge of the entire meat sector with both individuals and numerous groups that were hosted on his farm at the Heath near Portlaoise.
He is survived by his wife Mary and his four children Richard, Ailbhe, Anna and Ellen. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.