Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesperson Charlie McConalogue

“Close to 100,000 farmers are eligible for ANC payments and will now be forced to wait until 2018 to see traction on ANC payment restoration. Restoring ANC payments to 2007 levels is a key Fianna Fáil policy. It is also regrettable that no specific funding was ring-fenced to provide financial assistance to those who have seen their land and crop destroyed by severe weather. Tillage farmers will feel especially let down by the Government in this regard. Fianna Fáil succeeded in seeing the brutal cuts to farm assist reversed, as well as an increase in places for the Rural Social Scheme.”