‘Rug has been pulled from under us’ - IFA

Around 50 members of the Donegal branch of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) held a protest outside Deputy Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday, saying the government is threatening what is one of the few viable industries in the country.

Around 50 members of the Donegal branch of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) held a protest outside Deputy Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny on Saturday, saying the government is threatening what is one of the few viable industries in the country.

The protest went ahead despite the fact the Fine Gael TD’s office was closed.

Former Donegal IFA Chairman William Monagle said the budget cuts imposed on farming, particularly in relation to the Suckler Cow Premium, would create serious problems in Donegal.

Speaking on Highland Radio, Mr. Monagle said, “The reason we are protesting here today is that hopefully Deputy McHugh will take the message back to the Minister of Agriculture.

“There is nobody here and the office is closed but we are protesting over the cuts imposed on us in the Budget - we have lost the Suckler Cow Premium and the disadvantaged areas. Agriculture is the only industry left in this country and this Government are pulling the rug from under us.”