Ensuring everyone is happy with the ongoing revision of the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme will be difficult. Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal at an IFA briefing of Oireachtas members on the ANC review in Dublin this Tuesday, IFA’s rural development executive Gerry Gunning said the association has clear priorities in terms of the revised scheme but he is not sure that everyone will be happy with it.

“There are some people who will be out who will feel they should be in and people who feel they should be in who are maybe out and so forth,” he said. “But our priority is to protect the areas that are currently in the scheme and also hopefully bring in new farmers.”