Last week, I went to one of the clearest lectures and discussions on energy I was ever at. It was a closed session but I am at liberty to use the information. I just hope that the minister responsible, Denis Naughten is being exposed to the same range of information. From a farmer’s point of view, I was anxious to find out where Irish farmers stood in relation to using their land and buildings for the generation of electricity.
A number of issues struck me forcibly. The Government has already announced that land used for solar production will lose its agricultural designation for capital acquisition tax purposes. No more than in the appalling case of the Kerry Co-op shares debacle, this can be easily amended by legislation if there is a will to do so. I am glad that the IFA is actively pursuing this whole farm energy area with Government.