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Conway-Walsh to raise Mayo farmers’ concerns at Ploughing Championships

16 September, 2016 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

Sinn Féin Senator for Mayo, Rose Conway-Walsh will be speaking on the topic of 'A Fair Economy for Rural Ireland' at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co. Offaly as well as chairing a session on EU Trade Deals. 

Sinn Féin has organised a varied series of events at its stall which will focus on major issues facing the sector in the last 12 months. 

Among those issues are the impact of Brexit, single farm payment inspections and fair prices for their products.

“I want to bring the issues of farmers from Mayo and the West to the heart of the Ploughing Championships. The government has been ineffective and haphazard in its response to Brexit. 

“The Agri-food sector on this island is the major success story of the last 20 years. It succeeded due to all-island access and the gradual removal of border controls. Brexit threatens this industry north and south. The government should be pushing the British Government to respect the north’s decision to remain.

“A recent court case regarding erroneous farm inspections for single payments highlights how this issue continues to affect farmers. Late payments are a huge burden on farming families and prevent them from budgeting or planning for the future. I have been contacted by many farmers in Mayo who have to battle to ensure that the payments they are entitled to are paid in time.

“Sinn Féin is now the lead voice on behalf of those who are concerned at the lack of government vision on all of these issues. I will be using my time at the Ploughing Championships to highlight these issues and to listen to those directly impacted. I would encourage all Mayo farmers to visit the Sinn Fein stall and to find out how Sinn Féin in government will be better for them.”

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