Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív is leading a cross-party delegation of public representatives from Galway to Brussels today (Wednesday, 07 November) for talks on a range of issues affecting people and businesses Galway and the West of Ireland.

Deputy Ó Cuív will meet European Commission officials for talks on reform of the Common Agriculture Policy and the impact on Irish farmers, particularly in the West and North West. Discussions will also take place about the ongoing controversy over the designation of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs and SPAs), particularly in Connemara.  

Deputy Ó Cuív will also question European officials about the development of the R336 road to Connemara.  The Galway West TD has described the project as “a vital infrastructure development in a linguistically and socially vulnerable community”.  He will tell officials that there is a need to preserve the traditional farming practices in this area, and that the much needed new road to Connemara must not destroy the community and its unique language.  Deputy Ó Cuív will seek agreement from Europe to consider a route running north of the settlement through the Special Area of Conservation and to providing compensation to those affected.