Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he will discuss the issue of reduced funding for agricultural shows with Minister Michael Ring.
The matter was raised in the Dáil by Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy who said that the funding made available to agricultural shows in 2019 to alleviate financial difficulties due to adverse weather conditions has decreased by more than €200,000 from last year.
Deputy Murphy said: “Financial support of just €600,000 was made available to more than 100 agricultural shows across the country this year, which is a great concern”.
The TD said that agricultural shows are under increasing pressure due to rising insurance costs and other overheads.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar noted that Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring was responsible for dividing up that particular budget and he pledged to raise the matter with him.