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02-12-2009

Dairy farmers visit European Parliament in Brussels

Dairy farmers from Co Kerry were welcomed in the European Parliament by fellow Kerryman and Fine Gael (EPP) MEP Seán Kelly when they arrived in Brussels on 2 December.

'Unless you come to the European Parliament, it's hard to understand how it works. We got a chance to discuss some of the challenges facing the agricultural sector, and I think the group enjoyed it which is the most important thing,' said Mr Kelly of the farmer's visit.

The group of farmers, who meet once a month in Kerry to discuss farm business, got a chance to air their views with European Union officials on a number of key issues such as the phasing out of the Single Farm Payment and milk quotas, competition from major multiples and over-regulation.

Farmer John O'Connor from Farranfore said 'it was great to be shown around the EU institutions by Seán Kelly and see how the whole system operates, it was a very positive experience for us all, and I think Seán is really finding his feet as an MEP.'

For further information, please contact Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer at eimear.nibhroin@europarl.europa.eu .