SF calls for new CAP to sustain Irish family farms

Sinn Fein President, Mary Lou McDonald, with Cllr Michael Roche and his daughter, Madison, at the Bannow Rathangan Agricultural Show on Thursday.

Sinn Fein President, Mary Lou McDonald, with Cllr Michael Roche and his daughter, Madison, at the Bannow Rathangan Agricultural Show on Thursday.

Newly elected President of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald T.D. paid an enjoyable visit to the Bannow Rathangan Show where she was overwhelmed by the volume of well-wishers she encountered and the Party is calling for a a new CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) properly funded to aid family farm survival.
Election candidate Cllr Johnny Mythen said: “It has been a terrible year for farmers. The new CAP needs to be properly funded to sustain the most Irish family farms possible by providing a decent income, so that farmers can survive, and the rural economy is vibrant.”
Sinn Fein holds teh view that the proposed reduction in the overall money available for the new CAP goes far beyond the reduction in the British contribution to the EU and fears that Brexit is being used as an excuse to cut funding for agriculture and environmental investment.
“A fully funded CAP is vital across the EU on a range of fronts and in Ireland it is absolutely vital, to keep high quality food production, protect the environment and sustain the family farm. Indeed, CAP has been central to the modernisation of Irish farming over the decades,” stated Cllr Mythen.
Local Cllr Michael Roche from Bridgetown was supportive of his party colleague and believes that the family farm model of production is a big part of the Irish food story, of mainly meat and dairy produced from free roaming animals fed on lush green grass and positively showcased at the Bannow Rathangan Show.

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