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Details of beef compensation package will be key – Kenny

16 May, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Speaking in Leinster House today, Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Martin Kenny TD welcomed the beef compensation fund announced today for Ireland by European Commissioner, Phil Hogan. However, Teachta Kenny asked for more detail about who will benefit from the fund.

The Sligo-Leitrim TD said:

“It is no secret that beef farmers have been suffering from the effect of a looming Brexit and dropping prices.

“Any compensation that will help offset the effect of Brexit on them has to be welcomed, however, I would very much like to know how this fund will be allocated.

“The people who need and deserve support are the primary producers and I would not like to think that the money will end up with the processors. It is suckler farmers and finishers who need support. There is also a need to support breeders, who sell on and don’t necessarily finish cattle for slaughter, but their role in the industry is vital and their margins must also be protected.

“Funding, especially coming up to an election, is often found, but the nub of the issue is where it will be spent.” 

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