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MEP Mary Lou McDonald meets with farmers in West Cork

30 November, 2004

On Thursday the 25th of November a representative group of farmers from various parts of West Cork met with Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou Mc Donald and Sinn Féin Cllr Anne O Leary to impress on them their huge concerns for the future of farming in the Disadvantaged Areas.

The main areas addressed were the National Reserve, Modulation, the upcoming review in 2006 of the Area Based payments, the weanling issue, REPS, lack of Indexation and Walkways payments. The farmers felt that these are matters that need to be raised at a European level as a matter of urgency.

Ms. MacDonald said: "I was delighted to be asked by my party colleague Councillor Anne O'Leary to meet with farmers from West Cork. They left me with a clear impression that there are many issues that need to be taken up on their behalf at European level and I fully intend to do so. While Sinn Féin supports the introduction the Single Farm Payment as a potential security for farmers, it is now clear that many areas were left unresolved and that there are

significant groups who may lose out. Those problems need to be addressed both at national and EU level and myself and our representatives in Leinster House will continue to ensure that this is the case."ENDS

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