Influence of farmers

Ireland's stance at the world trade talks reflected farming interests at the expense of our wider industrial economy.

24th December, 2005

Ireland's stance at the world trade talks reflected farming interests at the expense of our wider industrial economy. The complex negotiations in Hong Kong resulted in a compromise between competing interests.

Dan O'Brien (18/12/05) aptly criticised the official myopic obsession with agriculture. But there is a basic question: although Irish farmers are declining in numbers and relative importance, why and how do their lobby groups retain so much influence in the political system?

Tony Quinn, Dalkey,...

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