Farmers' action to highlight concerns
IFA president John Bryan expects thousands of farmers to gather in Dublin on Tuesday to highlight their concerns to the Government and the EU Commission.
"The IFA's day of action -- Fight for the Future of Family Farming -- comes as crucial EU and national decisions are about to be made affecting the future of farming and food production in this country. The wider agri-food sector is also throwing its weight behind our event ... as they recognise the importance of supporting primary producers, who underpin 300,000 jobs and €9bn in exports," he said.
Mitchell calls for diplomatic cuts
MEP Gay Mitchell has called for a radical overhaul of Ireland's diplomatic service and questioned why we have four full-time ambassadors in Brussels.
He said there is no need for Irish ambassadors in Luxembourg or Sweden as they have withdrawn their ambassadors from Dublin.
"Neither is it necessary to have a resident ambassador in every EU member state and additional ambassadors in Europe to the Council of Europe, the OSCE, NATO, the UN in Geneva," said Mr Mitchell, who advocates reopening the Irish embassy in the Vatican.