Rural revolt: How Dutch farmers’ election victory could be a model for Ireland’s rural campaigners

A wave of anti-Green sentiment could offer opportunities for a populist conservative party here

Rapid success: Caroline van der Plas’s Farmer-Citizen Movement won nearly 20pc of the vote in recent elections in the Netherlands. Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen via Getty Images

John Meagher

It is rare that an election result outside of Britain and the US is of interest to politicians in this country, but many of our rural TDs will have been struck by the success of the Farmer-Citizen Movement in the Netherlands.