Agriculture, Economy and Employment, Broadband and Infrastructure Take Centre Stage In Third GE2020 Debate

The issues of Agriculture, Economy and Employment, Broadband and Infrastructure have dominated the third of Clare FM’s Live Election Debates.

Pat Breen, Cathal Crowe, Michael McNamara and Violet Ann Wynne have been debating the issues ahead of polling day on February 7th.


With just over a week to go until polling day, four more of Clare’s election candidates have been debating some of the issues affecting this county.

They took part in the third of Clare FM’s live election debates on today’s edition of Morning Focus, with the Economy, Employment and Agriculture to the fore of the debate.

The crisis within the beef sector has been highlighted as a major area of concern and Independent candidate Michael McNamara claims the Beef Taskforce cannot – and will not deliver.

He believes it’s just a talking shop.

But outgoing Clare Junior Minister Pat Breen has defended his Government’s record on Agriculture.

He says that while it has been a particularly difficult year for beef farmers, there has been a number of positives.

As part of the discussion on the economy and employment, Mayor of Clare, Fianna Fáil’s Cathal Crowe has hit out over the uncertainty facing workers at Roche, Avara, Molex and Moneypoint.

He says supports need to be put in place for those at risk of losing their jobs.

Clare’s Live Register Figures have dropped by around 6,000 since 2011 but Sinn Féin’s Violet Anne Wynne believes many of those in employment are in precarious work or stagnant contracts.

She wants to see a focus on small and medium businesses, rather than large corporations

All fifteen candidates will take part in the final Clare FM live debate of this General Election on Morning Focus next Wednesday from 9am.