Whatever happens regarding government formation, the significance of the past few weeks for Irish farming shouldn’t be underestimated. Green Party fingerprints on the agricultural chapter of the programme for Government is monumental and good news for farming. Here’s why.

Science shows us the contribution intensive agricultural activity makes to global warming and this is multiplied in a country like Ireland. Farming is to Ireland what car manufacturing is to Germany. So what can we do about it? Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures on agri emissions are not great. But farming is not alone. Overall, Ireland is in the EU’s relegation zone in meeting climate targets. We need to pull our socks up in terms of transport, industry and yes, farming.