Saturday 10 December 2016

Ploughing it all back into the economy

Published 28/09/2010 | 05:00

"IRELAND will and must demonstrate to the wider world not only we are open for business, but we are on the way to securing our economic recovery on a sustainable basis" -- part of Taoiseach Brian Cowen's statement in Government Buildings early last week.

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At the final session of the National Ploughing Championships only a few days later, trudging through ankle-deep mud with the rest of the 70,000 in attendance, his eyes were opened. Never had he seen such a practical display of sustenance and enthusiasm.

Despite the fact that the farming community had endured two very difficult years in terms of farm income they came back fighting -- lucky this was a good year from the production and price perspective.

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