A recently-launched farming organisation in Ireland is seeking to form a new political party, with a variety of farming and non-farming goals if elected.
The Farmers’ Alliance, which launched in April of this year, outlined their plans in a statement this week following a meeting on Saturday.
“The feedback from the people is to form a political party,” the group said.
“We have taken this information on board, and will be forming a political party. We already have a number of candidates lined up, but are looking for more like-minded people like ourselves.
“We understand this is going to be a mammoth task, but we believe in people power, and that is where you come in! We are all looking for change, so therefore we need to come out and make it happen.”
The group added: “We will be fighting on behalf of everyone – not just the farmer.”
The organisation, which has adopted the motto “Ní neart go cur le chéile” (“There is no strength without unity”), lists several stated objectives of their new party, including, in their own words:
1. The Freedom to farm
2. Food security
3. Protect land, the environment and property rights
4. Challenge E.U. policy
5. Ensure primary producer gets a fair share of the retail price (to include a debate on how we sell our produce)
6. Freedom of expression/speech
7. Challenge disinformation and media bias
8. Communities looking for fair representation, fair Income and fair cost of living
They add: “In order to develop the above we need to go political.”
Gript previously interviewed George O’Malley of the organisation, in a video which can be viewed below.
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The announcement follows comments by several rural Independent TDs earlier this year, including deputies Mattie McGrath and Michael Collins, about forming their own rural political grouping.