Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal at this week’s National Ploughing Championships, Flanagan said a review of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is an ideal opportunity to deliver increased payments for small farmers.

“The mood music out is Brussels is that there’s going to be a mid-term review. How much of a review there will be, we will have to wait and see. My input into that review will be the same as it was before this (current) CAP deal and that is that the smaller farmer and the family farm should get the lion’s share of this money because the changes that have been brought about really haven’t led to a massive change at all.