A leading farmers’ union today agreed to support the Lisbon Treaty after it received assurances the Government will fight for their interests in world trade talks.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen met the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association insisting he would not settle for a deal that undermines Irish agriculture.
Mr Cowen said there was an imbalance in the current World Trade Organisation proposals and they were unacceptable to Ireland and other nations.
In a statement the Taoiseach said: “The prospect of a WTO ministerial meeting being held at this time is uncertain, and the prospect of agreement is unlikely.”
Mr Cowen said Ireland’s consent is required for Europe to approve a WTO deal and he insisted the Lisbon Treaty would not change the veto.
The Taoiseach met in Tullamore the ICMSA, which represents around 40,000 farmers, before canvassing for a Yes vote in the Lisbon Treaty referendum.
Meanwhile, the Irish Farmers’ Association has warned it will not support the Lisbon Treaty unless they receive satisfactory assurances about the next world trade talks.
The IFA will meet on Tuesday to make a final decision on Lisbon.