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Liadh Ní Riada MEP expresses disappointment with EU agriculture support package

8 September, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has expressed her disappointment at the support package agreed by the European Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, today after a special meeting of EU Agriculture ministers in Brussels.

Speaking from Strasbourg, the Ireland South MEP said;

"Whilst I am relieved that the Commissioner has finally intervened in the ongoing crisis, I am disappointed in the sanctions to which he has committed.

“The 70% of Pillar 1 CAP Payments, to which Commission Hogan has committed, is money to which farmers are already entitled. Although they will welcome this money, this will not deal with the root of the problem.

“Farmers and those associated with the agriculture industry have suffered. Small farmers, the backbone of rural communities, have been under extreme pressure to stay in business.

“Dairy farmers had been encouraged by the government to invest in their herds and machinery in advance of the ending of the quotas. Now, many farmers are under pressure from the banks to make repayments they cannot afford due to the falling milk prices.

“I hope Minister Coveney, as Agricultural Minister, is able to stand over this support package. I am also urging him to make certain that he does all in his power to prevent Irish farmers from suffering further.”

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