Wednesday 22 November 2017

Celtic Tiger did not benefit us all

In response to K Nolan ('Farmers digging a deep hole', Letters, October 29), I have to ask, what percentage of farmers does he think received money through selling land for development, or from the NRA, or from access rights to various service agencies?

The IFA has over 87,000 members and Mr Nolan is trying to say that the farmer with 100 hectares in Kildare should be painted with the same brush as the farmer in the mountainous, bare hills of Dromid, south Kerry.

While I agree that, through the Common Agricultural Policy, Irish farmers have received benefits (and there are some farmers who depend on these payments to survive), one has to remember that the vast majority of farmers did not benefit from the Celtic Tiger.

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