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Hogan ‘as bad in Europe as he was in Ireland’ – Ferris

25 November, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin TD and Agriculture Spokesperson Martin Ferris has echoed criticism made by the President of the European Milk Board of former Minister and now EU Commissioner Phil Hogan. Mr. Romuald Schaber has said that recent comments from the Commissioner have betrayed ‘a lack of expertise in the field of agriculture’. Deputy Ferris has said that it is further evidence that his fears around Phil Hogan’s suitability for the post were justified.

The Kerry North TD said:

“In a period of extreme difficulty for Irish dairy farmers, it would appear that one of their greatest obstacles is tragically an EU Commissioner for Agriculture from Ireland. It is astonishing that the Commissioner recently said that not many farmers were producing milk below cost, and that if they were, they would simply stop producing milk.

“Dairy farmers cannot simply choose to produce less milk from day to day. It is a unique form of production and Phil Hogan does not seem to be aware of this. It is deeply worrying that a Commissioner for Agriculture would be so blind to the realities of one of the largest sectors of agriculture across the EU.

“Phil Hogan is proving to be as bad in Europe as he was in Ireland. I have long held worries about his suitability, as have many others in Sinn Féin. When my colleagues in the European Parliament voiced these concerns at the time of Hogan’s nomination, they were dismissed by Fine Gael as ‘ludicrous and opportunistic’. Now it is the turn of dairy farmers to be treated with such casual disregard.

“The only course of action is clear. Phil Hogan must resign his position before more farmers suffer the brunt of his bad policy and lose their livelihoods.” 

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