A tiny war of words between the IFA and INHFA may be a foretaste of a fraught CAP debate. In itself, it was little or nothing, a stray comment in what I understand was meant to be an internal conversation that went public. For Tim Cullinan, it’s a reminder that when you are the IFA president, everything you say will be regarded as fair game.

Underneath that is a far more important point. The IFA and the INHFA do not disagree on the issue of further designation of land. Indeed, both organisations are campaigning for more assistance for farmers struggling to cope with the limitations imposed by Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA) and Natural Heritage Area (NHA) designations.