Farm inspectors must take account of storm and snow damage – Kenny
Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Martin Kenny TD has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed to ensure that some leeway is given to farmers who are undergoing inspections and that damage caused by the effects of last week’s snow and storm will be taken into account.
Deputy Kenny said:
“Farmers should be given some time to repair damage caused by the storms and heavy snow in parts of the country. Some areas will be worse than others, but it cannot be beyond the capability of Department inspectors to take account of the reality on the ground on a case-by-case basis.
“Many farmers were already busy with lambing and calving and now are faced with dealing with insurance companies to make claims due to weather damage. No one should be penalised for damage to outhouses or sheds in these circumstances.
“The Minister should either postpone inspections for sufficient time for repairs to be carried out, or take account of the storm damage and not penalise farmers for it.”