Election 2020

Tipperary IFA president calls on farmers to come out and vote

Tim Cullinan: Use your vote and use it wisely

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Tipperary IFA president calls on farmers to come out and vote

Tim Cullinan: asking farm families to turn out in strong numbers to vote in this Saturday’s general election

The Tipperary president of the IFA, Tim Cullinan, is asking farm families to turn out in strong numbers to vote in this Saturday’s general election.

“We have set out the most important issues for farming in our submission to the political parties and candidates. We have also held meetings with candidates through our county executives, which provided an opportunity to scrutinise the position of candidates on those issues,” he said.

The Toomevara farmer said farm families should think carefully about who will best represent them in the 33rd Dáil.

“We have some defining decisions ahead, particularly on Brexit, the CAP budget and climate action. I would encourage farmers and their families to weigh up what they have heard on the hustings before deciding who has the best grasp of the issues,” he said.

Mr Cullinan also said farm families should reflect on how their votes could contribute to a stable Government.

“In the first instance, voters will choose candidates who are best equipped to deal with the significant challenges for farming and for rural communities. They should also consider how this might impact on the formation of the next Government,” he said.

Mr Cullinan said farm families had a long tradition of engaging in the political process and he hoped this would continue on Saturday.