IFA tells disgruntled farmers that GLAS is not a done deal

Photo Clive Wasson.The IFA is rejecting claims it sold out hill and commonage farmers around the country by agreeing to the Department of Agriculture’s proposals for the new GLAS environmental scheme.

Around 1,000 farmers attended a meeting in Letterkenny this week angry at new rules being imposed by the Department of Agriculture on the owners of commonage land in Donegal and other hill areas.

It is claimed the new rules are unworkable and include the exclusion commanage farmers from the new GLAS scheme if a certain percentage haven't signed a maintenance agreement.

But head of the IFA in Donegal PJ McMonagle says the deal isn't set in stone and that negotiations are ongoing: