I have been reading in the news that Brexit will have a negative impact on Irish agriculture. We need to remember that agriculture isn’t just about farmers. It also includes the food industry like Dairygold Co Op in Mallow Co. Cork. The food industry is a major native industry. It employs many people in good jobs. The UK is still a major export market for Irish food products. The food industry is an important native industry. If sterling weakens and if the UK leaves the custom union then profits and jobs will fall. Is the Irish government planning for this situation or do they think only foreign companies creates jobs?
Foreign companies play a role in our industrial policy. But if we are over dependent on foreign companies then we are in reality a neo colony. Farmers and those who work in the food sector are important to the national economy. In the main foreign companies seek cheap labour as when Dell moved its plant from Limerick to Poland. Sucessful countries with their own industrial policies have strong native industries. I think the mainstream media should focus more on the issue of Brexit and agriculture.
John O Brien.