Written Answers. - Farmers' Representative Groups.

Denis Naughten

Question:

110 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development if he will make a statement on discussions he had during his recent meeting with the IFA leader, Mr. Tom Parlon. [4925/00]

I have meetings with the President of the IFA on a regular basis. In recent weeks, I chaired an intensive series of meetings which involved the IFA and the Irish Meat Association during the blockade of meat plants.

I participated in a meeting between the Taoiseach and the IFA on 8 December 1999 during which the arrangements of delivery of direct payments to farmers and the outlook for farm incomes were discussed.