Macra attends National Economic Dialogue
Macra attended the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle today, 12 June 2023. The theme of the dialogue was “economy in 2030 enabling a sustainable future for all.”
Macra was in attendance to represent rural youth and put forward the budgetary requirements needed to secure the future of rural Ireland and its inhabitants. Macra National President Elaine Houlihan, Chair of Agricultural Affairs Liam Hanrahan, and CEO Mick Curran, represented Macra at today’s event in three separate breakout sessions: 1) Moving to a sustainable food system, 2) Leveraging digital in the future of work and employment service delivery, 3) Charting a sustainable path towards achieving our national climate action objectives.
Different messages were delivered during the breakout sessions. In the leveraging digital in the future of work and employment service delivery breakout session, a report by the European Centre for Development of Vocational Training from May 2023, was cited which foresaw a projected loss of 10,600 in farm and related workers between 2022 and 2035. Meanwhile during the charting a sustainable path towards achieving our national climate action objectives breakout session, Minister Ryan was confident as to the creation of thousands of new jobs in the agricultural and related services area.
“Macra seeks clarity as to where the government sees the future of jobs in the agricultural sector in the coming years” said Macra National President Elaine Houlihan.