Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív will hold two public meeting in Co Galway next week on reform of the Common Agriculture Policy and the challenges facing Galway farmers.
 
On Monday 03 December, Deputy Ó Cuív will be joined by Galway East TD Michael Kitt and representatives of all the major farming organisations for a meeting in Glenmaddy Community Hall.  The following Friday, Deputy Ó Cuív will host a meeting in the public hall in Maam, Connemara to consult local farmers about the crucial CAP negotiations.
 
Speaking beforehand Deputy Ó Cuív said, “We want to consult farmers in Galway and across the West of Ireland about the major challenges they are facing at this time.  These meetings will provide an opportunity to address the concerns of local farmers, many of whom are extremely worried about what’s coming down the line.
 
“There must be no reduction in funding for the Common Agriculture Policy. It is crucial that this is nailed down as a matter of urgency to end the state of uncertainty that’s plaguing Irish farming at this time.  The Taoiseach must use his key position as incoming President of the European Union to ensure that our funding under CAP is not cut. We also need to ensure fairer distribution of the CAP budget to address the needs of smaller farmers across the West who are struggling at this time.
 
“Farming is crucial to the economic recovery of the West of Ireland. Every small farmer and food producer in Galway, Mayo and across this region contributes to that recovery and to sustaining our local communities. We need to ensure that they are given proper support by the Government and by Europe to keep their businesses open.
 
“Anyone who has questions or concerns about any of the challenges facing the agriculture sector here is welcome to come along to either of these meeting.  We will ensure that they get a chance to air their views and have their questions answered,” said Deputy Ó Cuív.