Agri-food must be top of Varadkar’s EU Brexit agenda say IFA

The IFA says Putting Agri-Food at the top of the EU’s Brexit agenda has to be a top priority for the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Just minutes into the job, lobby groups are already getting in contact with Leo Varadkar to outline their key issues.

In a statement this afternoon the President of the IFA Joe Healy said he has set out a submission the the IFAs ten top priorities for the new government.

And Brexit is top of that agenda.

Joe Healy has sought a meeting with the Taoiseach at the earliest possible opportunity to have a detailed discussion on Brexit.

He says the IFA is very clear that farming and food must be at the top of the Brexit agenda, not only in Ireland but at EU level. They are seeking the Taoiseach’s personal intervention at the highest level in Europe to ensure that an outcome that secures the interests of this vital sector.

Tackling low farm incomes, to underpin the contribution of the farming and agri-food sector to the economy, including the achievement of Foodwise 2025 targets, and to ensure the well-being of rural communities are among the other priorities.