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No excuses now for Government’s vote on Bee-killing Pesticides – Boylan

15 March, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has called upon Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to ensure that neonicotinoid pesticides, which endanger native bee populations, are banned across the EU.

The Dublin MEP sent a letter to the Minister urging government representatives to heed science and act to protect bees in the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food, and Feed. The Committee will meet later this month to discuss a crucial report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that confirms the danger these pesticides pose to bees.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms Boylan said:

“These pesticides are a massive threat to bee populations across Europe, particularly in Ireland where the native bee populations are already declining.

“EFSA, the European Parliament, and numerous NGOs have expressed concern over these pesticides and the evidence is stacked in favour of a ban. Any excuses at this stage are completely unacceptable.

“I do not accept the delay tactics employed by Fine Gael in supporting a ban. Bees are too indispensable to our ecosystems, economy, and food security to be cast aside in favour of the financial interests of the agrochemicals industry.  

“Earlier this month, Fine Gael MEPs refused to support a ban on these pesticides and this only worsens my suspicion that the government representatives will not vote to protect bees in a crucial vote later this month. For this reason, I have written to the Minister so as to put pressure on the Department’s representatives to vote for the protection of our bees.” 

Note: Please see attached the letter 

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