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Ferris calls for implementation of report on Farm Retirement Scheme

25 May, 2005

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has called on the Department of Agriculture to implement the Report on the Early Retirement Scheme for farmers that was drawn up by the Committee on Agriculture and Food. Deputy Ferris questioned Minister for State John Browne on the issue this afternoon in the Dáil.

Deputy Ferris asked the Minister if he agreed with the proposals made by the Joint Committee are reasonable and that they would satisfy most of the issues raised by people involved in the scheme and that they could be implemented without going outside the relevant EU regulations.

Deputy Ferris made the point that those who entered the Scheme did so in good faith and that those who were not covered by the criteria governing the Single Farm Payment should be given consideration for entitlements under the Force Majeure provision or other means. He also called for the index-linking of pensions awarded under the 2000 scheme.

Minister for State Browne said that he will make a formal response shortly and that he would take into consideration the recommendations made, but that he couldn't meet all the recommendations in the report. ENDS

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