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Letter to all Connacht Branches re Mountbellew

Monday, December 7th, 2009

John Bryan Campaign Office,
Kilkenny Mart,
Kilkenny.
30 November 2009

A chara,

I am well aware of the very strong concerns in your area about the Teagasc decision to close Mountbellew Agricultural College. Having spoken to several people in your area and realising the clear need for an agricultural college in Connacht, I want to put on the record that, immediately after the closure was announced, I proposed at IFA national council that this decision be reversed.

I have gone on the record at the IFA national council, at a meeting with Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc, and at several of the presidential debates around the country that I totally oppose the decision to close the college. If elected IFA President, I will immediately push for a reversal of this decision.

The college is vital to the agricultural sector in the west, north-west and midlands. Its closure makes no sense in the context of the unprecedented demand for agricultural education. The number of young people attending agricultural colleges has increased by over 70% in the past three years and the number of participants in agricultural training courses is now at its highest level in more than two decades. In contrast, in this year alone, demand for construction-related courses has dropped by 35%.

I would appreciate if you would make your branch members aware of my stance on this issue at your AGM.

Yours Sincerely,

John J Bryan

Call for Review of Cost of Farming Bureaucracy

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The cost of the high level of regulation and inspection in farming must be included in the strategy to cut costs in the public sector, said IFA presidential candidate, John Bryan.

“There is currently one Department of Agriculture official for every 30 farmers. This compares to one gárda for every 400 citizens at a time when many rural dwellers are living in terror.”

“The large number of officials from other state agencies and local authorities involved in regulating farming further increases the ratio of inspectors to farmers. At a minimum, we are looking at one official for every 25 farmers,” said John Bryan.

John Bryan committed that, if elected IFA President, he would insist on a root and branch review of the full inspection regime in farming.

“Regulation has become an industry in itself. Farmers and taxpayers cannot afford nonsensical rules. A prime example is the latest proposal on electronic sheep identification. This is bureaucratic madness,” he said.

John Bryan said the proposal to close a large number of gárda stations is causing grave worry in rural areas.

“Having visited thousands of farm homes in recent months, I am shocked at the high level of fear that exists in rural areas right across the country. As a society, we cannot tolerate so many of our citizens living in permanent terror. The closure of gárda stations will make this situation even worse,” he said.