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Minister of State Tom Hayes Addresses Teagasc Event Marking 40 Years of Ireland in the EU and 40 Years of Teagasc's National Farm Survey

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD today addressed a Teagasc event marking the EU and 40 years of the National Farm Survey. It was his first engagement since his appointment as Minister with special responsibility for Forestry, Horticulture, the Greyhound Industry and Food Safety.

The Minister stated that it is a very exciting and challenging time for the Agri-Food sector and that “I look forward to engaging with Teagasc in my new role to help drive the continued growth in the sector and assist in meeting the Food Harvest 2020 targets.”

The Minister also referenced the central role of the EU in the development of Irish agriculture since Ireland’s accession to the EEC in 1973. “My colleague Minister Coveney is leading discussions to shape a new Common Agriculture Policy. As President of the European Council of Agriculture ministers, Minister Coveney has been spearheading discussions between the three European political institutions. An intensive series of technical and informal meetings as well as trilogue negotiations has been taking place over the last 2–3 months and will continue right up to the end of the Irish presidency at the end of June”.

 

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Date Released: 11 June 2013