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Ferris Raises Hold Up in REPS Payments in Dáil

12 February, 2008

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD is to raise the refusal of the EU to pay farmers their REPS money in the Dáil this evening. The Kerry North TD was successful in applying to have the issue debated as a matter of urgency on the Adjournment. Thousands of farmers have been affected due to an EU decision to change the dates and procedures for the issuing of the funding to farmers who are part of the schemes. Deputy Ferris also raised the issue following Order of Business this afternoon.

Deputy Ferris said:

"The decision not to issue payments to the thousands of farmers participating in REPS II and III, unless rescinded, will represent a sizeable blow to the incomes of many farm families. Many farmers had reckoned their REPS cheques into their finances and the failure to draw down the money will have a negative affect on many farm budgets.

"I know that the Department has been in contact with the EU Commissioner on the issue and I am calling on Minister Coughlan to use whatever influence she has to have the decree reversed." ENDS

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