By Dionne Meehan
A DONEGAL farmer who has set up a new political party to bring rural voices back into Irish politics is set to hold a meeting in Letterkenny over the coming weeks.
Redcastle man Liam McLaughlin established the Farmers’ Alliance Group earlier this year as a result of fertiliser costs sky rocketing.
His aim was to import fertiliser from mainland Europe where it is a fraction of Ireland’s price.
However, once Liam began holding meetings it soon became apparent there were more issues facing farmers than the price of fertiliser.
In March, Liam told the Donegal News that a couple of farmers who attended the first meeting were practically in tears trying to explain their case.
Now five months on, the group is looking for more “like-minded” people to get involved.
Speaking to the Donegal News, Liam said the party will be fighting on behalf of everyone, not just the farmer.
“We understand this is going to be a mammoth task but we believe in people power.
“We are looking for change so therefore we need to come out and make it happen,” he said.
By holding a meeting in Portlaois recently, Liam gave scientists a platform to voice their research and views.
“Agriculture is being hammered by Government rules and regulations in the name of science.
“So, we took the opportunity to have the silenced scientist heard,” he said.
Now in the midst of planning the Letterkenny meeting, Liam is on the look-out for interested speakers.
“We are looking for people interested in speaking on various subjects.
“Dairy, sheep, beef, small business, house wives etc.
“If you have something to offer, then get in touch,” he said.
For more information visit www.farmersalliance.ie or contact Liam on 0873667339.