Forgotten farmers claim they have been ignored by IFA
Heated contributions on the issue surrounding 'forgotten farmers' led to a walk-out during a packed IFA hustings in Roscommon last week.
Several members of the audience abandoned the meeting in protest over limits on the number of questions they were allowed to ask of the candidates.
Attendees claimed that forgotten farmers had been ignored by the IFA.
It was one of a number of issues raised by nearly 300 farmers who attended the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon to hear the candidates for the IFA's deputy and presidential election.
Flooding, the beef genomics scheme, the lack of transparency in IFA headquarters, and access to British markets dominated.
Chairman John Hanley allowed each of the deputy president candidates five minutes to set out their stalls, while the presidential hopefuls got 10 minutes each before taking questions from the floor.
Each of the candidates emphasised their farming experience and ability to negotiate with the "big boys in Brussels".
All called for the dredging of the Shannon and insisted that flora and fauna cannot be put before people, which went down well with the midlands audience.