The Sligo Chairman of the Irish Farmers Association is backing calls for concessions for farmers suffering from the effects of one of the wettest summers on record.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney is to attend a meeting of the Farm Council in Brussels today on the issue.
The IFA's hoping for a 70 per cent advance on the Single Farm Payment due on October 16th.
There is precedent here - the European Commission made a similar move in 2009, one of the worst summers of recent years.
Eddie Davitt says this advance is vital to farmers.