Fianna Fáil TD in Limerick, Niall Collins, says the party is currently engaging in a series of nationwide meetings to consult with farmers about their concerns in advance of crucial CAP reform negotiations.

Deputy Collins along with Fianna Fáil Councillors and Agricultural Spokesperson Deputy Éamon Ó Cuiv will consult with the farming community in Limerick to gauge opinion on CAP reform.

“The most important issue for farmers at present is CAP reform as this will have a long-term effect on the future of farming in Ireland,” said Deputy Collins.

“There is a need for an open debate on the various proposals put forward in relation to CAP reform. Many farmers are still unaware of the various alternatives and we will meet with farmers to inform them of the proposals while also seeking their input into the process.

“Fianna Fáil will hold a series of public meetings to offer farmers an opportunity to make a contribution and put their views forward.

“Ordinary farmers of Ireland should have an input in the direction that future policies should take. We will be seeking to get as good a consensus as possible for a way forward that will be good for the vast majority of Irish farmers and good for Irish agriculture.

“Details of the meeting in Limerick will be announced soon and I will look forward to a robust debate on these issues and active participation by farmers in formulating policies,” concluded Deputy Collins.