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Vote Matt Carthy to defend the family farm – Kenny

16 May, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD


Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson and Sligo/Leitrim TD Martin Kenny has said that small and family farmers need to ensure that Matt Carthy is returned to the European Parliament to continue defending and advancing their interests as he has done over the past five years.

Teachta Kenny said:

“As a member of the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Matt Carthy has been a champion for rural communities, family farms, and a fairer distribution of CAP payments.

“Matt has been on the frontline defending Irish farmers against the implications of Brexit, dangerous EU trade deals, and has been working to ban oppressive practices by factories and supermarkets including below cost selling.

“Matt has been working to deliver fairness in CAP payments to secure higher supports to family farmers.

“He has campaigned hard for an upper payment limit to prevent a small minority of larger farmers from soaking up the majority of CAP monies.

“Working closely with farmers groups Matt has was worked assiduously to maintain and improve the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme to ensure increased supports to those with most constraints.

“He has sought to resolve the issue of delayed farm payments; fairer inspection process including the yellow-card system.

“Regarding forestry, Matt Carthy has been very clear on the need for a forestry strategy that works for farmers, communities and the environment and to prevent land grabbing by vulture funds.

“If re-elected, Matt will continue to advocate for small and family farmers. It is important that such farmers ensure that Matt Carthy is returned to the European Parliament to continue defending and advancing their interests as he has done over the past five years.” 

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