Friday 24 November 2017

Margaret Donnelly: Trump's 'America First' policy could hit our farmers

There are around 90 products from Europe facing new tariffs – beef is the main concern for Ireland. Stock Image: Getty Images
There are around 90 products from Europe facing new tariffs – beef is the main concern for Ireland. Stock Image: Getty Images
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

This week will see the first real possibility of Donald Trump's 'America First' policy hitting home in Ireland.

A hearing tomorrow will consider whether or not the US should impose tariffs on certain EU imports - including beef - in a move that would hit Ireland's fledgling beef export trade to the US. Ireland is the only EU country that has sent beef to the US since a ban was lifted in 2015.

There are around 90 products from Europe facing new tariffs, and over 11,500 submissions have been made for the hearing to consider - beef is the main concern for Ireland.

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