Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture and Wicklow TD, Andrew Doyle, hosted a Brexit Response public meeting in Kiltegan, County Wicklow on Thursday (26th). The meeting addressed the impact that Brexit will have on agriculture and farming in Wicklow.
“The imminent British exit from the EU will have notable consequences for Irish agriculture; I feel it is vital for farmers in my constituency to be given an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns regarding Brexit.”
“The meeting was chaired by Carlow TD and Chairperson of the Joint Committee of Agriculture, Pat Deering. Speakers included MEPs Séan Kelly and Deirdre Clune, Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed and Chief Economist with Irish Farmers Association, Rowena Dwyer.
“Séan Kelly and Deirdre Clune shared their insights into Europe; both giving details of the latest developments in relation to Brexit and stressing the importance of Ireland remaining a strong and active member within the European Union.
“IFA Economist, Rowena Dwyer, explained the process of Brexit and highlighted some of the potential risks for Irish farming once Article 50 is triggered. She also outlined the IFA’s position on tackling the challenges presented by Brexit.
“Minister Creed spoke about the government’s approach to Brexit. He emphasised the importance of strengthening our trade relationships with other EU countries and maximising opportunities in developing markets further afield.
“I felt that a constructive dialogue between the speakers and attendees developed through this meeting and some very significant issues were raised. Each of these issues will be summited to the Fine Gael Working Group on Brexit. “