The National President of the United Farmers Association visited Leitrim farmers in Drumshanbo at the weekend.
UFA President Bertie Wall and Information officer Pat McCarthy took part in a round of consultations with local UFA members on CAP Reform and Fracking.
This meeting was at the request of Pat Geoghegan co-ordinator on the serious issues to do with fracking. The UFA said they are “implacably opposed to fracking and the attendant consequences of such activities in the Irish situation and environment.” Mr. Wall pointed that there are no EU laws or regulation on fracking. A statement said, “In the unique Irish situation where 40% of the Irish population lives outside of our major towns and cities which in essence means a dispersed population living in relatively close proximity to neighbouring houses and farms the fracking method of mining poses frightening risks to house, home and farm.” It said “agriculture and tourism could suffer most grievously.” They said New Zealand a significant purchaser of all Irish dairy products may not take milk from areas being fracked. The UFA warns it’s time to wake up and protect our vital national interests of farming and tourism and our unique way of life.