Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 February 2018

Farmers back EU fiscal pact

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Farmers anxious to keep Brussels onside in the run up to the CAP reform voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Fiscal Stability Treaty.

Counties with a strong rural and farming vote, such as Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Cork and Tipperary, returned a high proportion of Yes votes. More than 67pc of voters in Mayo voted in favour of the treaty, while 66pc of voters in Cork South West and 65pc of Cork North West voters followed their lead.

Tipperary North and Clare voters also topped 65pc, while over 60pc of voters in the Roscommon/South Leitrim constituency voted Yes.

The move has been welcomed by farming organisations, who claim the Yes vote will give the Government a strong base from which to campaign for farmers.

ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin said: "The Government is now in a much stronger position when it comes to issues such as CAP reform as well. It is clear that the farming community came through very strongly in favour of Yes, and this must be kept in mind when the EU budget and CAP reform are being negotiated."

IFA president John Bryan said the outcome was important in securing goodwill and influence in Europe.

He added: "From the earliest point in the campaign, IFA identified the importance of securing a positive result for a stable euro, exports, jobs and growth. They are vital, not just for the farming and food sectors, but for the country as a whole.

"I am pleased rural Ireland also recognised this as one element in our pursuit of economic recovery."

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