KILDARE farmer Brian Rushe, a candidate for the role of the IFA’s deputy president, has committed to fighting for family farm incomes if he’s elected.
“As IFA Kildare/West Wicklow county chair I’ve dealt with all the sectors. I have worked hand-in-hand with tillage and horticulture farmers in south Kildare. I have fought alongside dairy farmers throughout the county. I have given my all for suckling, beef finishing and sheep farming in all parts of my county executive and I have stood alongside the hill sheep farmers in west Wicklow. I have stood with farmers from across all these sectors,” he stated.
“At the very centre of all farmers in this broad range of sectors, the number one challenge has been farm incomes. Farm income is my number one, my number two and my number three priority. It’s my absolute priority for the farmers I will serve. It will be at the heart of every issue I take on.”
Mr Rushe commented that he sees the next IFA deputy president working alongside the next IFA leadership team to drive positive change on the reputation of farmers among wider society. In the past number of years, he said, farmers have gone from being drivers of positive economic and environmental change to being now treated as climate criminals.
“That’s a fight we must take on and win,” he said. “Finally, we must and will communicate better with our membership. The IFA membership is our strongest asset. We need to keep them informed on everything we are doing for them and, critically, I pledge to listen to what our membership wants from their IFA.
“I want to thank the thousands of farmers I have met on the campaign trail and on the hustings. The IFA was formed by young, dynamic farmers and I pledge to give every bit of my energy to make farming and the IFA stronger over the next four years.”