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IFA President Joe Healy said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Agriculture Commissioner Hogan are facing a big test in their talks with President Juncker between now and the setting of the CAP Budget in early May.

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Speaking at tonight’s Department of Agriculture CAP consultation meeting in Navan, IFA UIster-North Leinster Chairman Nigel Renaghan told Agriculture Minister Michael Creed that he must deliver an increased CAP budget to support farm incomes, so that Irish agriculture through all sectors can continue to deliver for the economy, the environment, and society.

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IFA President Joe Healy has said the findings of a report published today by Minister Heather Humphreys, examining the impact of Brexit on Ireland’s trade and economy, are very stark for farming and food in Ireland.

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IFA President Joe Healy today (Tues) rejected the claims made by UK Brexit Secretary David Davis, that the December 2017 EU-UK Joint Report on the Article 50 Negotiations allows the UK flexibility to diverge from EU rules. Joe Healy said, “This is a totally unacceptable attempt by the UK to rewrite the December agreement and escape its commitments.”

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While the conclusion of the first phase of the Brexit negotiations was positive and welcome, the outcome of Phase 2 will determine the fate of Irish food exports to our largest market, the UK, with serious implications for farming.

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