Fine Gael could lose votes from angry farming community

The party’s traditional strong appeal for farmers may be weakened by a growing sense that the party has become Dublin-centric

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
19th January, 2020
Fine Gael could lose votes from angry farming community
Approximately four out of every ten farmers who voted Fine Gael in the last election said they would not do so in the upcoming election. Picture: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

With prices starting at €300 a night, visitors to the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin last week may have wondered if the display of tractors out front and the carousel of speeches from protesting farmers and prostrating politicians were all part of the gold-plated authentic visitor experience.

Alas, they were not. They were in fact the clearest indication yet to bemused tourists that an Irish general election was underway.

Had any guest opted to cancel their...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!


What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

Harris backs idea of research into lab-grown meat

John Gibbons: Ireland must plan ahead now to secure full food independence

Charlie McConalogue: ‘Appetite for change is out there among farmers’

Excluding hemp farmers from pandemic loan scheme is ‘incoherent’ and ‘destructive’