Today's panel are RAYMOND O’ROURKE – new board member of the Food Safety Authority and consumer affairs lawyer, MAIREAD MCGUINNESS – Fine Gael MEP for Ireland East, on European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, DAVID HALL – Director of the Irish Mortgage Holders’ Association(&M.D. Lifeline Ambulance Services), JOHN BYRNE – social care lecturer&worker and psychotherapist (&former slaughterhouse worker) and BLAIR HORAN – former general secretary of the Civil, and Public Services Union.
EU agriculture ministers have agreed a deal on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. While Irish farmers have given a cautious welcome to elements of the agreement there are concerns about how equitable it will be. Under the new deal the level of future CAP payments to individual farmers will be based on the number of hectares they farm. This raises concerns that farmers with lots of land, but who produce relatively little, would have an unfair advantage. F.G, MEP, Mairead McGuinness joined Pat from Brussels to bring us up to date on the deal.