Sinn Fein call for Nitrates reassessment
Sinn Féin North West EU candidate Pearse Doherty has called for a reassessment of the application of the Nitrates Directive in light of evidence that nitrate levels in Ireland are currently within the 50 mg limit for the water supply and ground water.
Mr Doherty said:
"Sinn Féin believe that there should be a reassessment of the application of the EU Nitrates Directive in light of evidence that nitrate levels in Ireland are currently within the 50 mg limit for the water supply and ground water.
"The way that this issue has been dealt with places huge pressures on the farming community and there is insufficient dialogue between farmers' representatives and the government on this. This break down in partnership is very damaging to the future of our agricultural industry.
"Sinn Féin believe that a the development of a common way forward on agricultural issues across Ireland is vital for the long term future of our farming, fishing and rural communities. There needs to be a strong single voice for farming and fishing communities on this island, especially in Europe.
Mr Doherty also welcomed the exploratory talks between the Irish Farmers Union and the Ulster Farmers Union, adding;
"These exploratory talks between the IFU and UFU show that there is growing acknowledgement of the importance of adopting a common agenda in the key issues facing our farming and fishing industries.
"I particularly welcome the recognition from the UFU and IFI that an All Ireland approach to Europe can represent the best way of challenging and influencing the way that EU directives are implemented, and CAP and CFP reform in order to deliver a better future for all of our Irish agriculture and fishing industries.
"There are many key decisions to be taken in the coming months that will impact on the long-term viability of Irish farming, not least the Nitrates directives and the Phosphates issues next year, but also on CAP reform and the impact of enlargement and the global market where it will be vital that our interests are represented with a single strong voice within Europe." ENDS