Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has called for action to be taken following a Fianna Fáil led Dáil debate calling for support for the farming sector.
Deputy Calleary said, “Fine Gael have continued to ignore rural Ireland and in particular the farming communities across County Mayo. The motion tabled by my Party colleague Deputy McConalogue contains 14 proposals that the Government is now signing up to but what we have not seen so far is any sense of urgency or even a belief that there is a crisis here.
“The Government have spoken about some supports, including CAP however there are many in our constituency who won’t make it to the next CAP programme, such is the difficulty in earning a viable income in the sector.
“We have a broken beef market and the people paying the price for that are farmers and particularly the small farmers of this country. We have a broken market in which the Government refuses to ask the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission to intervene. The Minister is dilly-dallying, along with his colleague, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. They do not seem to understand the need for intervention.
“It seems that we are determined to take our farmers for granted and to leave them behind. We do not need words from the Minister and we do not need him accepting motions for the sake of it. We need action,” concluded Deputy Calleary.