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Adams calls on Minister Coveney to engage meaningfully with IFA

27 May, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams today attended a briefing in Leinster House given by the Louth IFA on the government’s new Beef Data and Genomics Scheme.

Speaking afterward, Teachta Adams said:

“The IFA briefing was well presented and detailed and it highlighted the many genuine concerns the farming community have about the government’s Beef Data and Genomics Scheme. It is clear that in its present form that the scheme is unworkable.

“The main areas of worry for farmers include the unfair criteria; the inflexibility of the six year rule, payment claw backs, the genomic testing requirement and costs, the replacement requirements, and the penalties which accompany the scheme.

“The IFA have put forward a series of detailed and thoughtful flexible proposals to address farmers concerns.

“I would urge the Minister to engage meaningfully with the IFA, suspend the May 29 deadline for applications, and seek a speedy agreement to end the uncertainty for beef farmers.” 

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