An additional €23m for ANCs, rolling over the 2018 low-cost loan pot, extension of existing tax reliefs for farmers and a new suckler support scheme. All in all, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed was content with Budget 2019 when questioned on Wednesday morning.

However, details remain sketchy for all of the above. The budget for Areas of Natural Constraints in 2019 has been increased to €250m, returning it to where ANC was in 2008 "before Fianna Fáil slashed the budget”. The rates for payment for the new monies have yet to be confirmed.