The Executive Council of the Irish Farmers' Association has voted unanimously in favour of supporting a Yes vote in the Lisbon referendum on 2 October.

IFA President Padraig Walshe said the decision was in the best interests of agriculture, farm families and the recovery of the Irish economy.

However, he said there would be no let-up in the IFA's opposition to Government cutbacks in the agriculture sector.

The IFA only recommended a Yes vote to its members less than a fortnight before the first referendum on the Treaty held last year.