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Tuesday 20 August 2019

FIanna Fail host Wexford farming conference

At the conference, Cllr. Michael Whelan. Cllr. Michael Sinnott, Cllr. Joe Sulivan, Cllr James Browne, Cllr. Tony Dempsey and Cllr. Keith Doyle.
At the conference, Cllr. Michael Whelan. Cllr. Michael Sinnott, Cllr. Joe Sulivan, Cllr James Browne, Cllr. Tony Dempsey and Cllr. Keith Doyle.

By David tucker

the question of whether there is a future in farming for the next generation was one of key issues discussed at a policy conference evening hosted by Comhairle Dail Ceanntair of Fianna Fail at the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy last week.

The thorny question of inheritance tax was also high on the agenda, prompting some lively debate and questioning how sons and daughters can pay tax bills without having to sell some of the land they farm.

With the theme or the evening, agriculture and finance, people in attendance included representatives of the banking sector and many high-profile farming representatives.

Speakers included J.J.Kavanagh of the I.F.A. and Darren Carty, livestock specialist of the Farmers Journal.

Deputy Sean Fleming, from Laois, party spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform gave the gathering a breakdown on where Fianna Fail thinks that money needs to be invested.

In terms of the future of farming, the gathering discussed the difficulty of sustaining two families from two generations on any one holding.

Too much Red Tape and paperwork was how some of those in the room saw the current situation, with many of those present willing to articulate their views.

Contributing on the night was County Chairman of the IFA ,Pat Murray, Patrick Kent, and many more from various other farming groups.

Deputy John Browne and Senator Jim Walsh also spoke.

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