Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, has called on the Taoiseach to defend Ireland’s interests and maintain the country’s existing funding under CAP, which is currently being negotiated.
Deputy Ó Cuív was speaking before today’s crucial meeting in Brussels, where a budget for CAP may be decided upon.
“Today is a vitally important day for Irish farming, the decisions that are made will have a huge impact on farming sector for the next 7 years. The CAP Budget until 2020 will be decided on today and there is a huge onus on the Taoiseach to deliver for Irish farmers.
“The Taoiseach must take a hard line and fight Ireland’s corner. There should be no reduction in the country’s allocation of the CAP budget and he needs to battle for every cent.
“The Taoiseach must use Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union to use what influence he can to ensure Irish farmers get a deal they deserve.
“The funding for the Single Farm Payment (SFP) is paramount for the budget, it is worth €1.7 billion to Ireland and must not be cut. No one is denying that some tough decisions must be made but what we are looking for is distribution and fairness. The Taoiseach must ensure that Ireland gets just that.”