19 May 2011
IFA PRESIDENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO GARRET FITZGERALDUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan has paid tribute to the former Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald, who passed away this morning.
John Bryan said Garret Fitzgerald was a strong advocate of European integration in the 1960s and made a significant contribution to advancing our membership of the European Union, which has underpinned the development of agriculture in this country over the last 30 years.
He said Dr Fitzgerald had displayed considerable skill during difficult milk superlevy negotiations in Europe in 1983 when milk quotas were introduced. “Garret Fitzgerald convinced other European leaders such as French President Francois Mitterand and German Chancellor Kohl that dairy production in Ireland was part of a vital national interest. His influence at European level was critical to defending Irish farmers at the time and his grasp of the detail of the discussions was very important in securing a much-improved deal.”