Minister for Agriculture for just six weeks – and third-choice minister at that – and you get an extra €180m to hand out to farmers in the budget! No wonder Charlie McConalogue looked relaxed in his appearances this week.
He was able to announce increased allocations for dairy, beef, sheep, tillage, pig, poultry and organic farmers, under various scheme headings. All going well, a chunk of it will land in his Donegal home patch. He’ll be popular with the backbenchers and county councillors.