• The Irish Farmers' Association has described the UK's tariff proposals in the event of a no-deal Brexit as a disastrous scenario for farmers.

    The Galway-based IFA President Joe Healy said the proposed tariffs would have a devastating effect on the rural economy.

    It was announced this morning that, under a temporary arrangement, EU goods arriving from the Republic and remaining in Northern Ireland will not be subject to tariffs.

    However, tariffs will be payable on goods moving from the EU into the rest of the UK via Northern Ireland - in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

    The IFA President says our most exposed sectors, particularly beef, simply will not survive the kind of tariffs being proposed.

    Ireland exports over 50% of our beef to the UK, and if this is subject to tariffs, it will be a 'direct hit' of almost €800m on the sector" according to Joe Healy.

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has responded to plans to introduce new arrangements for the border and to impose tariffs on products being exported from the Republic to the UK.

    Deputy Lisa Chambers says the plan will have massive ramifications on the Republic’s Agri-food sector if allowed to be introduced. She says she has been contacted by members of the farming community in Mayo who have grave concerns with proposed tariffs.

    Deputy Chambers says given the prominence of the Agri-sector in the west of Ireland, we are especially vulnerable to these proposed tariffs.

    She has called on the Government to publish without delay, the likely impact of these new tariffs and put a plan in place to protect farmers in Co Mayo.