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Ferris slams deferment of waste management payments

11 February, 2009

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has strongly condemned the announcement by Minister Brendan Smith that payments due to farmers under the Waste Management Scheme are not to be made available in full this year. Instead farmers who are still owed money will only be paid in full by 2011.

Deputy Ferris said, "This decision will leave many farmers in dire circumstances as they have already spent the money due to them. Almost half of those who applied under the Scheme are in that situation and this will greatly worsen the situation of many in what is already a difficult economic period. I call on the Government to reverse this decision and honour their original commitment." ENDS

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