The IFA is being strongly criticised for staging rallies at locations in the North West today to highlight the importance of farmers to the local economy.
The Irish Farmers Association is staging the ‘day of action’ in towns across the country.
The IFA says they have particular concerns in relation to Cap Payments and Climate Action.
Rallies are planned in Ballymote Co Sligo, and Raphoe Co Donegal this morning at 11 a.m.
The Leitrim branch of the IFA has chosen not to support the protest citing concerns over coupled payments for active farmers in relation to suckler cows and ewes. As a result of this decision, there will be no rally in Manorhamilton.
Gerry Loftus is an experienced farm official and a member of the recently formed ‘Rural Ireland Organisation’
He has questioned the wisdom of staging such events locally and in other towns across the country.
He says there are still concerns in relation to Covid-19 and that today’s events will also negatively impact many businesses that have just re-opened after the lockdown.