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Sunday 17 December 2017

IFA urge Taoiseach to co-finance RDP

Outgoing IFA President John Bryan said the RDP must deliver strong support for vital farm schemes. Photo: Damien Eagers.
Outgoing IFA President John Bryan said the RDP must deliver strong support for vital farm schemes. Photo: Damien Eagers.
Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

An IFA delegation met with the Taoiseach in Castlebar yesterday to press for an immediate decision on co-financing for the Rural Development Programme (RDP).

The IFA team included the outgoing IFA president, John Bryan, and his successor, Eddie Downey, who will take over as IFA president at the organisation's 59th AGM in Dublin today.

Mr Bryan said the RDP must deliver strong support for vital farm schemes for the next seven years.

An announcement on co-funding of the RDP was expected before Christmas but was delayed. The IFA president said that farmers in many parts of the country were very dependent on CAP Pillar II Rural Development supports such as agri-environment and Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

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