Declan O’Brien: What if the CAP no longer fits our farmers?
Is there trouble brewing down on the country's farms? Twenty thousand farmers might have trooped through Dublin a fortnight ago in a display of rural power but there is growing unease that proposals from Brussels could fracture that unity.
The controversy centres on the divvying up of EU supports to the country's 130,000 farmers under proposed reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
At stake is an annual fund of almost €1.3bn, which forms the bulk of the €1.6bn Ireland receives each year in CAP supports from Europe.