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Rural Independents holding onto farming support, poll shows

A poll by the Irish Farmer’s Journal shows support for Independent TDs is holding firm amongst farmers, with 1 in every 5 voters saying they would vote non-party.

The Rural Independents – TDs like like Healy-Raes from Kerry and Mattie McGrath in Tipperary – have seen their numbers grow in the recent times, and they have been joined by other TDs who are keen to put the needs of rural Ireland first, like Carol Noland and Richard O’Donoghue.

Its obvious that the embrace of the green agenda by the bigger parties has been felt as a snub to farmers and to many living in Rural Ireland who turn to the Independents for representation.

The Independent vote has “eaten into” previous support for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, the Farmer’s Journal notes, observing that in West Cork, previously a Fine Gael stronghold, the party has currently no TD.

Rural TDs speak out on a range of issues from rural broadband, turf cutting, carbon taxes, services in rural towns and more.

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