Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, has announced the latest round of regional meetings in which farmers will be consulted about their viewpoints on the current Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) negotiations.

“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 options on the table, the meetings will inform them of the proposals and also seek 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 Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union to ensure that our funding under CAP is not cut.

“Fianna Fáil has already held a series of public meetings in all parts of the country where farmers made a huge contribution to the debate. There is a lot of concern about what the future hold for farmers and these meetings provide an opportunity to air those concerns.

“Ordinary farmers of Ireland should have an input into the direction of future policies. 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, will protect the family farm and help the economy.”

List of confirmed Fianna Fáil CAP reform meetings for January and February:

Friday 11th January at 8.30pm in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet, Co Mayo
Wednesday 16th January at 8pm in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan

Thursday 17th January at 8pm in the Pearse Memorial Hall, Boherbue, Cork

Thursday 24th January at 8pm in the Community Centre, Rathowen, Co Westmeath

Tuesday 29th January at 8.30pm Westlodge Hotel, Bantry

Thursday 31st January at 8pm in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo

There are also meetings planned for Sligo, Kerry, Donegal, Armagh, Kilkenny and Waterford