IFA presidential candidate, John Bryan, has committed to mount a vigorous campaign to reverse the cutbacks in farming implemented by the government over the past 10 months.
Speaking at the launch of his campaign in the Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny, on Saturday 15 August, John Bryan said the cutbacks already implemented and those proposed by the so-called ‘An Bord Snip Nua’ will cost the economy more than double the actual savings and will devastate rural Ireland.
Addressing an attendance of 1500, a record for the launch of an IFA presidential campaign, he said if elected IFA President he would turn up the heat substantially on the government, the meat factories and the supermarkets.
“The government has completely reneged on the last two partnership deals negotiated by the IFA and farmers will not take this betrayal lying down. The supermarkets are second only to the banks in the way they have ripped off the Irish economy,” he said.
He outlined his track record in negotiating and delivering real benefits for farmers and the agri-food sector. As Chairman of the IFA National Livestock Committee, he played a crucial role in the decision to ban Brazilian beef imports into the EU. He was also centrally involved in negotiating the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme and in protecting live cattle exports through delivering radical changes in EU transport regulations.
“Farmers are undergoing a period of unprecedented difficulty. I am offering myself as a candidate for the position of IFA President because I believe I have the track record, the energy and the vision to provide strong and effective leadership,” he said.
John Bryan and his wife Rena run an intensive suckler beef farm at Inistioge, Co Kilkenny. They have two children, Cathy and James. John was IFA National Livestock Chairman from 2004 to 2008 and is currently Kilkenny IFA County Chairman. He started his career as a Gárda, based in Dublin, before taking up full-time farming.