Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD has said that beef farmers ripped off by factories that broke carcase trim rules deserve to know the names of the factories.

Deputy McConalogue was commenting after it emerged that numerous fines were imposed in 2018 on factories who failed to comply with EU carcase trimming regulations.

Trimming takes place in advance of the carcase being weighed and an amount calculated which is then paid to farmers for their cattle.

“The Minister for Agriculture must immediately publish the names of the factories that have broken the rules.

“Farmers are rightly furious on foot of this news. Factories flouted these trimming rules costs farmers’ hard cash, and many beef farmers cannot afford to lose one euro with margins being so tight. They want full transparency and accountability from the Department.

“I am calling for full disclosure of all factories that fines were imposed on this year by Minister Creed. He must also immediately outline why such paltry fines were reportedly imposed. I’m led to believe that most fines were well below the maximum sum permitted of €5,000.

“My Fianna Fáil colleagues and I will be questioning the Minster in the Dáil on this issue next week and will be demanding swift action from the Minister. Farmers need this information to enable them seek full compensation for any payments owing to them,” concluded McConalogue.