The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on the Stability Treaty will help secure the future of Irish farming and maintain our strong relationship with Europe in the lead up to CAP negotiations.
 
Deputy Martin and Fianna Fáil’s Agriculture Spokesperson Michael Moynihan TD joined the IFA President John Bryan at Bandon Mart in Co Cork today to campaign for a Yes vote on May 31st.
 
Speaking in Bandon, the Fianna Fáil Leader said, “The agriculture and agri-food sector are key to economic recovery and job creation in Ireland.  We must do everything in our power to foster growth of this sector, and this means maintaining our healthy relationship with Europe and stabilising the Eurozone.
 
“It is vital for the future of the farming sector that we uphold our positive position with Europe, particularly in the context of negotiations on the future of the Common Agriculture Policy.  A Yes vote will strengthen Ireland’s negotiating powers in these crucial negotiations.
 
“By voting Yes, we will be sending out the right signal about Ireland’s future in Europe to our export markets. We will be boosting international confidence in Ireland’s economic future, thereby boosting Irish exports.  
 
“I am strongly appealing to farmers to do the right thing for the future of the agriculture sector by voting Yes on May 31st. We have the opportunity now to reinforce our position in Europe and to play an influential role in negotiations on the future of Irish farming.”