Major Brexit meeting taking place in Kildare today

High level Brexit event on the future of Ireland's Agricultural Sector

Sarah Peppard

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EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan will speak at the major Brexit meeting in Goffs today.

EU Commissioner Phil Hogan.

More than 600 farmers are expected to attend a major Brexit meeting in Goffs in Kill today (April 24) on the impact of Brexit on Ireland's agricultural sector.

IFA President, Joe Healy, last week met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan to discuss Brexit Border and Trade issues.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Healy said "Ireland is the most exposed EU member state in Brexit negotiations, and with 40% of our agri-food exports going to the UK each year, agriculture is the most exposed Irish sector. The Government's position on Brexit must reflect the unique difficulties Irish agriculture faces and use all political capital to ensure a strong negotiating stance by European political leaders to achieve the best outcome for farming".

EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, IFA representatives and industry leaders will speak at the high level event in Goffs today.