Fianna Fail Seanad Agriculture Spokesperson Brian Ó Domhnaill has extended a warm invitation to all Donegal farmers to attend a Fianna Fáil National Conference on the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in Dublin this Saturday.   The Conference will begin at 11.00am in the Red Cow Moran’s Hotel Dublin on Saturday 9th March.


The future of the CAP and the future of farming in Ireland will be debated at the Conference and Party Leader Micheal Martin TD will provide the opening address.  The guest speakers include –

(1) Professor Alan Matthews

(2) Professor Emeritus of European Agriculture Policy, Trinity College

(3) John Bryon, President of the I.F.A.

(4) Gabriel Gilmartin, President of the ICSA

(5) John Comer, President of the ICMSA.


Speaking today (Thursday 7th March, 2013) Senator Ó Domhnaill said


“the current distribution of CAP Single Farm Payments is outdated.  Fianna Fáil has held public meetings on CAP reform across the country over the past six months.  I believe that there must be a fairer distribution of the €1.2 Billon annual CAP allocation.  The CAP allocation must be redistributed from farmers with the highest entitlements to those with the lowest”.


“The current basis in which single Farmers Payments are allocated is completely out of date.  A farmers SFP is determined by how much stock he or she had between 2000 and 2002.  Almost 40% of Irish SFP’s are going to the top 10% of farmers with 70% of farmers receiving less than €10,000 per annum.  The two biggest earners in 2008 were Larry Goodman’s Irish Agriculture Development Company, which received €508,390 in subsidies and Kepak Farm, which received €346,118”.


“The Fianna Fáil CAP campaign is aimed at getting a better deal for farmers in receipt of smaller SFP’s.  Saturday’s Conference forms part of this ongoing campaign.


Posted: Mar 9, 2013     |     Categories: Uncategorized