Speaking at an All Party Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs last Thursday (21st July) on Thursday last with An Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD, Deputy Joe O’Reilly raised the question of the future of the Common Agricultural Policy.
Deputy O’Reilly welcomed the fact that initial budget provisions would suggest that there is no major threat to the overall amount of money for the financing of the CAP.

He further welcomed the Government’s diplomatic initiatives aimed at restoring Irish Credibility in Europe. He then asked the Tánaiste ‘are alliances being built up among countries with similar interests to protect Irish Farmers in the CAP Review?’
He further asked the Tánaiste for assurances that we would seek to halt a shift of less favoured area status to the South and East of Europe to the detriment of Ireland.

In reply, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore TD assured Deputy O’Reilly ‘that the multi-annual budget was being carefully monitored by the Irish Government.’ He gave further assurances on the Irish Government’s continued Diplomatic Offensive and the degree of the CAP.

After the meeting Deputy O’Reilly stated that he was ‘extremely heartened and impressed by the Tánaiste’s grasp of the commitment to the Irish key and strategic interests in Europe.’

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website