Sinn Féin leader to address ICMSA AGM for first time

The leader of Sinn Féin is likely to have a very interested audience when she outlines her party’s proposals for the farming sector when she is the guest speaker at the AGM of the representative organisation of the country’s dairy farmers on Monday, December 5.

Mary Lou McDonald will be speaking at the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick to a body that will be keen to know what the implications are likely to be if the next government in Ireland is either led by, or has a significant Sinn Féin component to it.

She will address the farmers following the statement of accounts and resolutions which are the preliminary matters once the meeting convenes at 12.30pm.


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IFA sets up meeting with incoming Taoiseach

The IFA was also engaging with the country’s leaders last week when the Association President Tim Cullinan and Deputy President Brian Rushe led a delegation to meet the current Tánaiste and soon-to-be-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon for an exchange of views of what the future might hold.

Climate action, renewable energy initiatives and the contents of the Food Vision proposals were among the principal items on the agenda and Tim Cullinan was keen to stress that the farming community is fully supportive of policies towards a better environment.

“We reinforced the priority of producing food sustainably in this country, while meeting our sectoral emission targets. As other sectors of the economy are coming under pressure, we need to focus on the sustainable development of the agriculture sector,” he said.


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