IFA not ruling out street protests over Budget cuts

The Irish Farmers Association isn't ruling out the possibility of street protests to highlight its opposition to Budget cutbacks.

The association says around 60,000 farmers will see their incomes fall by 10% as a result of cutbacks in the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme and Disadvantaged Area Payments.

Around 1,000 people attended a public meeting in Co Cavan last night to discuss the changes.

The Government has already faced large street protests against Budget cutbacks in health and education.

IFA president Padraig Walshe says farmers will initially raise objections with their local politicians, but may still take to the streets if their concerns are not addressed.

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