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Minister must be representative and supportive – Ferris

4 May, 2016 - by Martin Ferris TD

Speaking in the Dáil today during statements on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Agriculture, challenged Simon Coveney TD on his role as agriculture minister.

Deputy Ferris said:

“Minister, under your watch, agriculture has slid into a crisis in so many sectors, that I don’t know where to start.

“I am inundated with calls and visits to my constituency offices from farmers in desperation.

“I don’t know if when a new government is formed you will still be in the agricultural and fisheries driving seat, but you are leaving behind a legacy of neglect of the vulnerable sectors, support for the big boys and many farmers born and raised in the proud tradition of agricultural production in Ireland beginning to realise that there is no future for their children or their children’s children in farming.

“I wonder, Minister, if you ever really considered during your time at the head of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, what the role of a progressive minister should be?

“Did you ever consider that your place at the cabinet table is intended to be a representative and supportive role for the man and woman who by their effort and skill produce the clean, green, wholesome produce of Irish farms?” 

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