The eyes of rural Ireland will be very much focused on three of the most senior figures in the Fine Gael party when budget 2020 is announced on Tuesday – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and newly appointed European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan.

Over the past 12 to 16 months, all have repeatedly reassured farmers that the commitment exists within Government and the European Commission to ensure Irish farmers are not left carrying the financial burden of a no-deal Brexit.