Monday February 17, 2020

Farmers will have a big beef with Fine Gael after Mercosur deal

There is real anger among farmers about being exposed to competition from cheaper Brazilian beef, which does not face the same level of checks and veterinary standards

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
2nd July, 2019
Beef farmers won't be thanking Phil Hogan after Mercosur deal. Pic: RollingNews.ie

The Mercosur trade deal has the potential to damage Fine Gael much more than the over-spend on the national children’s hospital ever did.

The party has been conscious for some time of the danger of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar being portrayed as an urbanite with little interest in rural Ireland. Hence the rolling tour of the country by the cabinet, with Donegal expected to be the next stop soon after Sligo, Cork and Kerry.

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