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Five problems sitting on the new Agriculture Minister's desk

Cormac McQuinn


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Dozens of farmers’ wellies in a pile at the gates of Leinster House to highlight the impact the Mercosur deal would have on them (Michelle Devane/PA)

Dozens of farmers’ wellies in a pile at the gates of Leinster House to highlight the impact the Mercosur deal would have on them (Michelle Devane/PA)

Dozens of farmers’ wellies in a pile at the gates of Leinster House to highlight the impact the Mercosur deal would have on them (Michelle Devane/PA)

Barry Cowen is gone as Agriculture Minister after less than three weeks in office. His successor Dara Calleary will now be tasked with getting to grips with a hugely important portfolio.

Officials in the Department of Agriculture prepared an extensive briefing on the serious challenges facing farmers, fishermen and the agri-food industry.


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