Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler is urging members of the county’s farming community to attend her special meeting on Agriculture and Rural Development which is due to take place on Monday, 21st May in St. Michael’s Hall, Ballyduff Upper.

“I’m thrilled that my colleague, Jackie Cahill TD will address the meeting on the issues affecting rural communities. Jackie is Fianna Fáil’s Junior Agriculture Spokesperson, and is a former President of the Irish Creamery Milk Supplier Association (ICMSA), and is one of the foremost farm leaders in the country.

“Farming is going through a tough time at the moment. Nearly every sector is facing challenges and I am keen to hear the thoughts, opinions and criticisms of Waterford’s farming community.

“Those of us who live in rural Ireland, but who aren’t directly involved in farming still have a role to play in fighting for farm families. We are all interwoven and interconnected.

“A progressive plan for rural Ireland is needed to ensure that these communities remain vibrant and sustainable. With a budget review of CAP coming down the tracks; with the UK leaving the European Union, and with an increasingly Dublin-centric government, farmers, farm families and rural communities need to know that someone is on their side.

“This is an important meeting. I would urge everyone to come along on the night and to have your voices heard. Fianna Fáil wants to hear from you on what you think Irish agriculture needs to get going again,” concluded Butler.