IFA open meeting in Sligo this Monday evening

The IFA president is calling for more detail from the Minister for Agriculture about what will happen in relation to EU aid if there is a hard Brexit.

It’s after Minister Creed says he intends to make Irish aid a key item on the agenda when the EU Farm Council meets in Luxembourg in early April.

That’s after the Brexit deadline, which had led Mr Healy to comment: “Bolting the door when the horse is gone is too late for farmers.”

He says farmers need a support plan in place before then.

It’s an issue that will be on the minds of farmers when they hold an open meeting about negotiations on the Common Agricultural Policy in The Sligo Park Hotel this Monday evening at 8pm.

It’s the first of a number of meetings around the country to update farmers on a number of issues, including the IFA’s efforts to protect farmers’ direct payments.

Farmers will also be updated on what the recent ANC review means and how to appeal the outcome if they are excluded.

Sligo IFA Chairman J P Cowley says farmers are now facing into a lot of uncertainty.