‘NO ROOM FOR ANY DE­GREE OF COM­PLA­CENCY’

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THE UK’s de­ci­sion to with­draw from the EU has sent shock­waves through the Wick­low farm­ing com­mu­nity with the lo­cal branch of the ICMSA warn­ing that it will have se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions for all sec­tors, in­clud­ing the agri-food sec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to Wick­low ICMSA chair­per­son Shane O’Lough­lin, a clear plan must be put in place to ad­dress the many is­sues that are likely to arise when the Brexit is fi­nally ne­go­ti­ated with the EU. Fol­low­ing a meet­ing with the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Marine, Mr O’Lough­lin said that ‘ there is no room for any de­gree of com­pla­cency from here for­wards, not in the con­text of €5 bil­lion in food ex­ports to the UK – €1.1 bil­lion is beef and €1 bil­lion is dairy pro­duce’. He said that in the short term, the im­pli­ca­tions are likely to fo­cus on ex­change rate move­ments and both the Ir­ish Gov­ern­ment and the EU must un­der­stand that farm­ers can­not be ex­pected to pay for any neg­a­tive cur­rency move­ments aris­ing from the Brexit vote.

‘Brexit will have prac­ti­cal im­pli­ca­tions at farm level, for pro­ces­sors in terms of trade to the UK and also tran­sit of prod­ucts to con­ti­nen­tal Europe. It be­comes a na­tional pri­or­ity to en­sure that as Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gin and de­velop that access to the UK mar­ket is re­tained on the ba­sis of cur­rent con­di­tions and that Ire­land’s de­pen­dence on the UK mar­ket is recog­nised and ad­dressed.’

Speak­ing as a farmer, I’d re­spect­fully cau­tion Min­is­ter Creed against get­ting the in­ter­ests of ‘ the dairy sec­tor’ mixed up with those of ‘dairy farm­ers’; the links fur­ther up the sup­ply chain are do­ing very well out of the cur­rent price cri­sis while the farm­ers – have now gone a full year earn­ing no in­come what­so­ever from their herds.’

(Deb­o­rah Cole­man) GAME OF THRONES is un­likely to make its way south of the wall fol­low­ing Brexit, ac­cord­ing to mak­ers HBO.

The TV pro­gramme, hav­ing just fin­ished its sev­enth se­ries, has been pri­mar­ily filmed in North­ern Ire­land.

Other lo­ca­tions in­clude Spain, Croa­tia, Malta, Ice­land and Morocco. Some spec­u­la­tion fol­lowed Fri­day’s ref­er­en­dum re­sult, that an exit from the EU could spell good news for Wick­low’s film stu­dios in Bray and Ash­ford.

One of the wor­ries was that the pro­duc­tion would suf­fer from a loss of EU fund­ing.

How­ever HBO re­leased a statement which an­nounced that the re­sult will have no ma­te­rial ef­fect on pro­duc­tion.

The net­work said that while the se­ries re­ceived fi­nan­cial sup­port from the EU’s Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund when it first be­gan, there has been no con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­gramme in re­cent years.

NI Screen has con­firmed that its fund­ing will remain in place fol­low­ing the vote.

The bud­get per episode of Game of Thrones is $10 mil­lion.

(Mary Fog­a­rty)

The British prime min­is­ter David Cameron on the morn­ing of the ref­er­en­dum re­sult.

Tyrion Lan­nis­ter – not com­ing to Wick­low.

Shane O’Lough­lin of the ICMSA.

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