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Harkin to address ICSA CAP meeting in Sligo

Jul 16, 2012 | Press Releases | 0 comments

16th July, 2012

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association is hosting a public meeting to discuss CAP reform this coming Monday night, 23rd July, in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo, beginning at 8.30pm.  

MEP for Ireland North West, Marian Harkin and ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin will be the main speakers at the event.  All local TDs Michael Colreavy, Tony McLoughlin and John Perry, and Senator Marc Mac Sharry have been invited to attend.  Ms. Harkin will present the latest news from the European Parliament, and ICSA general secretary Eddie Punch will deliver a detailed presentation on the current state of play in the CAP negotiations.  

The meeting will be chaired by ICSA Connaught/Ulster vice-president John Flynn, who said “I would urge all farmers to attend, as this meeting will give farmers the chance to have an input into the negotiations.  It is vital that every farmer is well-informed on how the changes to CAP post-2013 will affect their business and that they take part in the debate.”

A comprehensive and open discussion on all the issues surrounding the CAP negotiations will take place on the night and everyone is welcome to attend.

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