Thursday, April 05, 2012

IFA support for Stability Treaty referendum is significant

Active campaign planned for its almost 90,000 members

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty , has described the decision by the Irish Farmers Association’s (IFA) Executive Council on Tuesday to recommend a Yes vote on the Stability Treaty to its almost 90,000 members as a significant step in the campaign to ratify the Treaty.

“By making this decision, the IFA has recognised and acknowledged the huge benefits that membership of a stable currency regime, the Common Agriculture Policy and the EU brings to farming families, their businesses and the rural economy.

“Many of the terms of the Stability Treaty on budget deficits and Government debt are already agreed and in place at an EU level and our ratification of the Treaty will bring these into Irish law . Acceptance of the Stability Treaty by Ireland on May 31st will allow successful sectors such as agri-food production and exports, to continue to grow and expand for the benefit of the entire Irish economy.

“As part of their campaign for a Yes vote, the IFA will embark on a communications drive to their 90,000 members of the benefits of of the Stability Treaty and regional meetings will commence around the country. On Thursday 5th April, the IFA President, John Bryan, will address the Oireachtas Sub-Committee.”

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