Farmers protest in Leitrim over Budget measures


Farmers are gathering in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim this afternoon to protest at Budget measures that they say target the sector unfairly.

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has been holding a series of meetings around the country since the controversial October 14th Budget was announced by Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan.

Earlier this month IFA president Pádraig Walshe said the Budget had “inflicted income cuts of over 10 per cent on 60,000 low-income farm families.

“No other sector has seen individual family incomes cut by € 2,500, but low-income livestock farmers have been disproportionately hit," he said.