Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

23rd March 2018

Ireland must fight for a strong CAP budget – Breathnach

– CAP injects €1.75bn into the Irish economy –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach is calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to fight for a strong CAP budget for Ireland and to implement measures outlined by the Irish Farmers’ Association.

“I met with Joe Healy, President of the Irish Farmers’ Association and Gerard Melia, Chairman of Louth IFA this week when they outlined their concerns to me regarding CAP.”

“CAP injects €1.75bn into the Irish economy, underpinning 300,000 jobs in rural communities and is responsible for food exports of €12.6bn. The total value of CAP to Louth under various headings is €22.12m.”

“Gerard Melia and members of Louth IFA outlined to me all the areas that can be improved on relating to rural development, young farmers, simplification of the requirements at farm level and direct payments, among others. The IFA are seeking an increase in the EU Budget from 1% to 1.2% of Gross National Income to provide for an increased in the CAP budget.”

“The IFA are fighting for strong farm investment across all sectors to drive efficiency and competitiveness, and I support them in this.”

Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

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