Leitrim councillor challenges Donegal farm leader over fodder comments

A Leitrim farmer has hit out at the head of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association in Donegal and challenged him to a debate on the realities of the fodder crisis.

Chairperson of the ICSA in Donegal, Malcolm Thompson said before Christmas that farmers need to stop ‘running crying’ to the government for help everytime there is bad weather.

He admitted that he would not be popular with farmers for making the comments but said he fears the farming community is losing credibility.

However, Leitrim Councillor Paddy O’Rourke transports fodder in the region and he says he has seen first hand the impacts of the bad weather in 2017.

He’s challenged Malcolm Thompson to a head to head debate on the issue: