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Following Budget 2019, IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady said there must be no delay in the delivery of direct payments. Minister Creed must ensure that these payments, which play a critical role in supporting farm incomes, arrive on time.

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With significant additional resources available to the Government for Budget 2019 and talk of economic overheating and ‘rainy day’ funds, the IFA President Joe Healy said Agriculture Minister Michael Creed must deliver for farming and rural areas.

He said “This Government has to show that it is not all about Dublin and that they are in touch with rural Ireland. They can demonstrate this in tomorrow’s Budget with real measures to tackle low farm incomes”.

Joe Healy said in a strong Budget campaign, the IFA has prioritised additional support for sucklers, an increase in ANC payments, the Earned Income Tax Credit to match the PAYE tax credit, Fair Deal and the extension of reliefs to support investment in the sector.

He said “While there can be debates about how best to support the low-income sectors, it is essential that Minister Creed secures substantial additional funding to support farmers”.

Addressing the National Economic Dialogue at Dublin Castle, IFA President Joe Healy said Budget 2019 must recognise that rural Ireland is trailing behind in terms of the economic recovery and provide additional support to farming, particularly the low-income sectors.

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