MEP Clune vis­its Wex­ford to dis­cuss CAP bud­get with IFA

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

IRE­LAND South MEP Deirdre Clune was in Wex­ford town last week to meet with the IFA County Ex­ec­u­tive to dis­cuss the CAP bud­get.

The Ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers high­lighted how im­por­tant the bud­get is and em­pha­sised how vi­tal it is that it’s re­tained and in­creased.

Ms Clune said the value of the CAP bud­get is known and com­mented: ‘Every penny a farmer gets is spent in their lo­cal com­mu­nity and we recog­nise that agri­cul­ture is im­por­tant and we need to sup­port it.’

She also said there is a strong push to have the bud­get main­tained.

How­ever, she also urged farm­ers and busi­nesses to di­ver­sify - par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to look­ing at ex­port mar­kets.

Ms Clune said agri­cul­tural ex­ports are very im­por­tant to the Ir­ish ecomony in gen­eral and hint­ing at Brexit she said it’s vi­tal the coun­try main­tains ‘as close a re­la­tion­ship as pos­si­ble’ with the UK.

‘We do not want to see tar­iffs and bar­ri­ers be­tween Ire­land and the UK,’ she said.

‘I would urge any busi­ness or farmer to seek sup­port that is out there from the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture or En­ter­prise in re­la­tion to be­ing Brexit-ready,’ she added.

Ms Clune said it’s im­por­tant that the ar­gri­cul­tural sec­tor looks at other coun­tries for ex­port­ing to in­clud­ing Canada, New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

She also said Ire­land needs to ‘pre­pare for the worst’ when it comes to Brexit and that in the con­text of that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ire­land and Bri­tain is es­sen­tial for farm­ers and busi­nesses.

Deirdre Clune MEP with Wex­ford IFA County Ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers Paddy Mur­ray, Ger O’Ma­hony, Edel Ga­han (vice-chair­per­son) and Liam O’Byrne.

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