12 Jun 2017
IFA PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGES CONTRIBUTION OF AUSTIN DEASY TO IRISH FARMING
IFA President Joe Healy has acknowledged the contribution to Irish farming of the late Austin Deasy during his time as Minister for Agriculture from 1982 to 1987.
Mr Deasy passed away over the weekend in Waterford, where he served as a public representative for over 20 years.
Joe Healy said, “The key issue during Austin Deasy’s time in Agriculture came in 1983/84, when the EU negotiated the milk quota regime. IFA launched a major campaign at the time, insisting that milk production was a vital national interest for Ireland”.
He said the diplomatic efforts of the Government meant that Ireland received a significant increase in the level of quota, 20% above what the Commission had proposed. “Through Garret FitzGerald and Austin Deasy, the Irish Government had made a strong case and this resulted in major concessions in the final quota agreement.”
The IFA President expressed his sympathies to his wife Kathleen and his children.