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Crisis or Opportunity? Rural Ireland and the Future of the Common Agricultural Policy

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 04:03 PM

Eamon and Alan - The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD and Alan Kelly MEP at last September's National Ploughing Championships
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD and Alan Kelly MEP at last September's National Ploughing Championships

This Friday, Alan Kelly MEP for Munster, is hosting a conference "Crisis or Opportunity? Rural Ireland and the Future of the Common Agricultural Policy" on the future of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy and its effects on rural Ireland.

The one day event will be held in Tipperary Institute from 10am until 4pm this Friday, March 26th.

Alan explained: "It is my aim to bring all the stakeholders together so we can identify our needs and come up with a common strategy to get the best possible deal.

"Our rural communities are highly economically dependant on the future of CAP so we must rise to the challenge of finding a new and better CAP after 2013

Among those addressing the conference will be the IFA President, John Bryan and the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD, Deputy Sean Sherlock, Marc Tarabella MEP (and member of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Committees of the European Parliament), Mark Cropper, researcher with the European Commission's Agriculture DG, Dr Paul Ross, Director of the Food Research Programme, Teagasc, Declan O'Brien, Editor of the Irish Farming Independent, Charles Hayes, IFA Munster Vice President and Dr Ciaran Lynch from the Tipperary Institute.

There will two in-depth workshops held on the day discussing the use of CAP to regenerate the rural economy and how CAP is negotiated in Europe.

If you would like to attend you can let us know by choosing one of the following options:                                               

  • Text the word REGISTER and your name to 086 7737724
  • Phone 067 34190
  • Email [email protected]
  • Visit our office at 1 Summerhill, Nenagh, Tipperary

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