Wick­low farm­ers in protest at Thurles

De­cem­ber 1983

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THERE was a large turn-out of farm­ers from Wick­low for Satur­day’s protest meet­ing in Thurles against the pro­posed Su­per-Levy.

The county chair­man, Char­lie Byrne, said this week that he was very pleased with the re­sponse from farm­ers for the protest. He said that the large cross-sec­tion of farm­ers showed that there was a full un­der­stand­ing of what the EEC Com­mis­sion were propos­ing for farm­ers and that those pro­pos­als were not con­fined to the dairy sec­tor.

In ad­di­tion to milk, Mr Byrne said that Wick­low farm­ers pro­duced large num­bers of sheep and cat­tle plus a con­sid­er­able grain acreage.

It must now be ap­par­ent to ev­ery sec­tor, he said, the se­ri­ous­ness of these pro­pos­als and a vig­or­ous united at­tempt must be main­tained to en­sure that these pro­pos­als are not im­ple­mented. Mr Byrne ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all those in Wick­low who turned out on Satur­day last and con­trib­uted to make the protest such a suc­cess.

The IFA pres­i­dent, Donie Cash­man, told Satur­day’s mass-meet­ing that if the su­per-levy was im­posed, Ire­land would be­come the pau­pers of Europe and it would in ef­fect mean the ac­cep­tance that Ir­ish agri­cul­ture could not de­velop to the po­ten­tial of other EEC coun­tries.

What is needed for Ire­land, Mr Cash­man said, is a to­tal dero­ga­tion from the su­per levy. ‘ Our mes­sage to the Taoiseach is very clear: for the du­ra­tion of this su­per levy pro­posal, a spe­cial ex­emp­tion must be ne­go­ti­ated for Ire­land.’

The pres­i­dent of the Ir­ish Trans­port and Gen­eral Work­ers’ Union, Mr John Car­roll, re­ceived a rap­tur­ous round of ap­plause when he ad­dressed Satur­day’s protest meet­ing.

Mr Car­roll said farm­ers and work­ers must for­get about their dif­fer­ences in the past and show a united front to en­sure the EEC pro­pos­als were not im­ple­mented. He called on the Gov­ern­ment to take its courage in its hands and use the veto if the EEC still tries to im­pose the su­per-levy.

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