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Ploughing 2017 - Sinn Féin to host discussions on issues of concern to rural Ireland

18 September, 2017

Sinn Féin representatives including Party Leader Gerry Adams TD and Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD will be attending the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this week.

The party has organised a series of public events on issues of concern to rural Ireland and the farming community. All Sinn Féin events take place at Stall 221, Row 9, Block 2.

Events kick off on Tuesday morning with a discussion on Sinn Féin’s proposals for Irish Unity featuring MEPs Matt Carthy and Martina Anderson, Health spokesperson Louise O' Reilly and Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD.

Gerry Adams will be at the Sinn Féin tent at 2pm in the afternoon.

Tuesday’s events round off with a debate at 4pm entitled 'Demanding Farmers Rights.' This will be chaired by Francie Molloy MP and contributors include Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Martin Kenny TD, Carol Nolan TD and IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy.

On Wednesday at 11am the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will be discussed by Matt Carthy MEP, Michelle Gildernew MP and INHFA President Colm O’Donnell. Martin Kenny TD will chair the discussion. 

Mary Lou MacDonald TD will be at the Sinn Féin tent at 2pm on Wednesday while at 3pm party spokesperson on Rural Affairs Carol Nolan TD will launch Budget 2018 - Sinn Féin's proposals for the Agriculture Sector.

At 4pm a discussion on Tackling Climate Change, chaired Caoimhe Archibald MLA will feature contributions from Senator Padraig MacLochlainn, Brian Stanley  TD and ICSA President Patrick Kent.

Thusrday’s events commence at 11am with a debate as to whether EU trade deals are a threat to Irish farmers. Those involved in the debate include Peadar Toibín TD, Matt Carthy MEP and a representative from the ICMSA.

Pat Buckley TD will give a talk at 3pm about Mental Health in Rural Ireland while events at the Sinn Féin tent conclude with a discussion entitled Brexit - A threat to Irish Agriculture and Sinn Féin’s Response, and featuring Declan McAleer MLA and Martin Kenny TD. This will be chaired by Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

All Sinn Féin representatives in attendance will be available to speak to the media.

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