With ongoing quarantine measures in place; we are without a doubt living in unprecedented times. Geraldine O’Sullivan is the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) farm families and social affairs executive. She says that there has been a marked increase in members in financial distress since the COVID-19 crisis took hold.
“I deal with the illness benefit and pandemic employment scheme,” she says. “The calls would have been slower [at the start of the pandemic], but more recently we’ve seen a huge increase, especially since the closure of the marts. The crisis has made a substantial impact on farming livelihoods.”