Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív, will embark upon a nationwide series of meetings over the coming weeks to gauge farmers’ opinions on reform of the CAP.

“The most important issue facing farmers throughout the country is CAP reform, the current negotiations in Europe will affect farming in Ireland for the next decade,” said Deputy Ó Cuív.

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

“One thing that has been made clear to me from speaking to farmers throughout the country is that there must be no reduction in funding for the CAP.  The Taoiseach must use his position as incoming President of the European Union to ensure that our funding under CAP is not cut.

“Fianna Fáil will hold a series of public meetings in all parts of the country to offer farmers an opportunity to make a contribution to this debate and put their views forward.

“Ordinary farmers of Ireland should have an input into the direction that future policies should take. We will be seeking to build a broad-based consensus for a way forward that will be good for the vast majority of Irish farmers and good for Irish agriculture. 

See list of Fianna Fáil CAP consultation meetings below:

–          Thursday November 29th at 8pm  –  Highland Hotel, The Glenties, Co. Donegal

–          Monday December 3rd at 9pm – Glenamaddy Community Centre,  Co. Galway

–          Thursday December 6th at 8.30pm – Woodlands Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick

–          Friday December 7th at 8pm – Maam Public Hall, Connemara, Co. Galway

Further meetings will also be organised in Meath, Kilkenny, Monaghan, Belmullet, Co. Mayo and Sligo