Macra retains third place ranking on Lobby Register

Macra retains third place ranking on Lobby Register

Macra na Feirme retains its position as the third highest lobby organisation on the Lobby Register following the close of the most recent lobby period behind IBEC and the Irish Farmers’ Association.

Macra na Feirme engaged in a nationwide lobby campaign involving young farmers and young rural workers with numerous Ministers, MEPs, TDs & Senators lobbied on supports needed for young farmers and rural young people in Ireland.

The most recent lobbying activities registered by Macra na Feirme included the importance of digitalization of Rural Ireland and the important role in which young farmers will play in future EU environmental policies.

“This is a significant achievement for Macra na Feirme and something we pride ourselves on. Both members and staff worked hard to maintain this position”, shares Macra na Feirme National President Thomas Duffy.

“The skilled use of online meeting platforms in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic has allowed more members than before to connect with their local politicians and communicate their concerns for the future. Young people deserve to have their issues heard and covid-19 has provided the catalyst for them to get more involved”, added Macra President Thomas Duffy.

The lobby register is a key record which shows the breadth of issues which affect young people in rural Ireland and Macra na Feirme will continue to strive for betterment for its members.

Macra na Feirme’s total number of returns for 2020 was 125, bringing Macra na Feirme to a total of 528 lobby returns since the creation of the register in 2015. Policy areas included in Macra’s lobbying activity include agriculture, foreign affairs, children and youth matters, EU affairs and Finance.