Commemoration in Bantry to mark 50th anniversary of Farmers' Rights campaign

Leonie McKiernan

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Leonie McKiernan

Commemoration in Bantry to mark 50th anniversary of Farmers' Rights campaign

Farmers marching in Co Cork in 1966.

IFA President Joe Healy will lead a commemoration in Bantry, Co Cork today to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous Farmers’ Rights Campaign of 1966.

16 men left the square in Bantry in October, 1966 to march 217 miles to Dublin to seek negotiating rights with the Government.

Some 30,000 farmers joined the march along the way.

See a short video of the march here.

When the Minister for Agriculture Charles Haughey refused to meet an IFA delegation, nine remained outside on the steps for three weeks.

Eventually, they were granted a meeting and their right to negotiate on behalf of farm families was recognised.

Surviving veterans and family members representing the 16 men will be present for the unveiling of a plaque in the square at 2pm this afternoon.