Local MEP hopes seminar will ensure future of Irish farming

A local MEP is hoping an upcoming seminar will ensure a good debate around the future of Irish family farming, but adds it will take political will and imagination.

Matt Carthy will host an event tomorrow evening in the Iontas Theatre, Casleblayney which will discuss proposals for the next round of the Common Agriculture Policy.

Representatives from the EU Commission, the IFA and other Irish farm organisations will also debate other issues like Brexit and the ongoing price challenges faced by farmers.

The Sinn Fein MEP says people are facing incredibly challenging times especially anyone working in farming and those who have concerns for the future of rural communities.

He adds the issues being discussed at the ‘Future of Irish Farming’ event affect every family, town and village across rural Ireland.

Speakers at the seminar will include:
Joe Brady, rural development chairperson of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA); Colm O’Donnell, President of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA); James Healy, President of Macra Na Feirme; Lorcan McCabe, Deputy-President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), Ger Grehan, National Vice Beef Chair of the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) and Wesley Aston, CEO of the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU). Sinn Fein Agriculture spokesperson and TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Martin Kenny, will outline the party’s priorities for Irish farming in the coming period.