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Pat Spillane: 'I will never forget my first meeting with the all-powerful Irish Farmers Association'

Tunnel vision of GPA and CPA reminds me of challenges I faced when ambassador for rural Ireland

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Pat Spillane

Pat Spillane

Pat Spillane

I get a sense of déjà vu every time I read a statement from either the GPA or the CPA.

It brings me back to my days as a rural ambassador for the government. In my innocence, I assumed that everybody involved wanted the same outcome, the betterment of rural Ireland. How wrong I was.

Though all the organisations involved operated parallel to each other they didn't co-operate.