It is vital to retain the CAP Budget and increase it.
We see the value of it. Every penny a farmer gets is spent in their local community and we recognise that agriculture is so important and we need to support it. There is a really strong push to have the CAP Budget maintained.
Agriculture is such an important export of ours and it is vital that we try and maintain as close a relationship as possible with the UK. We do not want to see tariffs and barriers between Ireland and the UK. I would urge any business or farmer to seek support that is out there from the Department of Agriculture or Enterprise in relation to being Brexit ready. It is also important that we look to other countries for exporting, such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia. We must continue to diversify.
We must as a country prepare for the worst when it comes to Brexit but that she is hoping that Ireland and the UK will maintain as close a relationship as possible going forward, which she said is essential for businesses and farmers.