Fianna Fáil will hold a public meeting next week on CAP reform in Limerick, where farmers will be consulted about their views in advance of crucial negotiations on the policy.

The meeting will take place on Thursday week, 6th December in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare at 8.30pm. Representatives from the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) and Ulster Farmers’ Association (UFA) will also attend the meeting and will contribute to the debate.

Deputy Niall Collins along with Fianna Fáil Councillors and Agricultural Spokesperson Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív will host the meeting to gauge opinion on CAP reform.

“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 alternatives and we will meet with farmers to inform them of the proposals while also seeking their input into the process,” said Deputy Collins.

“There are a lot of tough negotiations to come on CAP and we need the Minister for Agriculture to fight hard for Ireland to ensure we get a fair share of the funding. 

“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.