Ní Riada outlines her objections to Hogan nomination
Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada has outlined her opposition to Phil Hogan's nomination as Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
"While we in Sinn Féin have welcomed Ireland receiving the Agriculture portfolio we believe the Irish Government has selected the wrong person for the job.
"Phil Hogan's track record as Minister for the Environment has been to oversee punitive taxes on families already undergoing considerable hardship.
"Personally I have strongly objected to moves by the Irish Government to usurp the role of local grassroots organisations engaged in the LEADER programme. The decision taken to put LEADER under the power of local authorities and county managers was first taken by Phil Hogan as Environment Commissioner. It only highlights his abysmal record on his approach to LEADER.
"This completely undermines the intended purpose of the LEADER programme which was to put local community groups at the heart of the decision making process in rural development. It is nothing more than a power grab, by the parties who have been responsible for many of the disastrous development and housing plans of the last 15 years.
I will be meeting with the Director General of the Rural Development committee in Europe on Monday the 6th of October to highlight my concerns over the move to take planning decisions away from communities.
I will also be objecting to Phil Hogan being given the role of Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner in order to rubber stamp these proposals.