ENDA Monaghan, Jackie Lee and Declan McDonagh from Caherlistrane IFA prepare for the tractor protest. Photo: Ray Ryan.

No farmer, No food, No food, Nobody!

Irish farmers ‘stick together’ with European colleagues

THE ‘tractorcade’ that took off from Carnmore on Thursday evening as the Angelus bells were rung included some of the finest of John Deere, Case, Deutz, Massey Ferguson, New Holland, Claas, Valtra, and Kubota tractors.

Farmers and their tractors gathered in all of the 26 counties on Thursday following a call to protest from the IFA.

Led by Galway IFA Chairman Stephen Canavan, the route for the Galway contingent of 50 or so vehicles and their flashing lights took them from Carnmore, on to the M6 and dual carriageway and into Galway city, where they came through Eyre Square on their way back out to where they had started from.

Members of the Caherlistrane IFA branch brought with them a slogan that read ‘No farmer – No food – No food – Nobody’. The message behind the sign is clear and simple – there are over eight billion people in the world, and they all need to eat.

“We’re going in on the dual carriageway to cause minimum disruption to the traffic that’s coming on the way out of the city,” said Declan McDonagh from Caherlistrane.

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