That's Irish farmers in a nutshell, alas. It's like the Elvis song - You can do anything, but lay off my subsidies...
The beef farmers have always been a reactionary force in Ireland.
They were the backbone of the Blueshirts, almost a century ago.
The poster Dan72 could give you more info, I understand his grandaddy 'soldiered' (in pubs) with O'Duffy.