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Adams backs Farmers concerns on RDP

23 January, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams met representatives of the Irish Farmers Association on Wednesday January 21st.

The IFA were in Dublin briefing Oireachtas members on the Rural Development Programme.

The Louth TD met farmers from Louth including local IFA representative Matthew McGreehan

Speaking afterward Teachta Adams said:

"The clear message from the IFA at our briefing to Minister Simon Coveney is that farm families, and in particular those with small holdings, are suffering financially due to the delay in the implementation of the Rural Development Programme.

"The RDP 2014 - 2020 was submitted to the EU Commission in Brussels by the Government for approval in July 2014. Six months later there is still no clarity on when approval might be granted and schemes will open."

Teachta Adams also raised concerns about some aspects of the new RDP which contains many new schemes. He said:

"The Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS) has been replaced by Glas and Glas+ but speaking to farmers at the Oireachtas briefing it seems that many in Louth will not qualify for the same level of payment as they did under the previous scheme.

"This is worrying for those farm families affected but also for the broader local economy in which the agricultural industry has always played a fundamental part.

"I am also concerned that Hill Farmers are not adequately provided for under the new RDP and I know that Sinn Féin MEPs have been raising these concerns in the European Parliament."

Gerry Adams confirmed that he will be raising these issues with the Agriculture Minister.

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