Analysis: Inspired by the Greens in government, Fitzmaurice mulls new farmers party

The Independent Roscommon-Galway TD this week said he was interested in forming a new political party focusing on rural and farming issues

Michael Fitzmaurice TD (L) at a protest in Strokestown, County Roscommon, against the recent eviction of the McGann farming family on the orders of KBC Bank in December 2018. Picture: RollingNews.ie

Despite the political importance of agriculture in Ireland, it is nearly 60 years since the last farmers party was active here.

Clann na Talmhan undoubtedly made its mark during its 25-year existence, serving in the first two inter-party government’s of the Irish state in 1948 and again in 1954. The closest thing to a rural farmers party serving in government in the intervening period was the Independent Alliance in the 2016-2020 government, though the inclusion ...