The price of food has got too cheap. Farmers don't seem to have copped on that the real real reason that farm subsidies exist is to keep the price of food down to the general population. It is all about keeping the inflation rate down across the EU. If the food price doubled, workers would start demanding huge pay rises. Rowdy farmers are a lot easier to deal with than a hungry population. If food subsidies were abolished, food would find its own true market level.
Why don't Irish farmers realise that they are being taken for a ride by their own farm leaders. If the farm cuts are pushed through a lot of Irish farmers will have to get out of farming. They will have to sell their land at a lower cost than they thought it was worth. The farm leaders realise that this is going happen, but a lot of the larger farmers will take advantage of this situation by buying up the land at a lower cost.
A lot of small Irish farmers should start realising that the IFA leadership is no longer acting in the interest of the broad mass of Irish farming. They should start realising that a complete abolition of farm subsidies would be in the long term interest of Irish farming. They need to cotton on to this fact before it's too late for them.