Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív  says famers are up in arms because of severe delays in the TAMS application process.  More than 500 farmers in Galway applied for funding under the scheme, since it opened last year.  However, only 93 have been approved to date.

Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “Hundreds of farmers across Galway have been left high and dry as a result of the long delays in the processing of TAMS applications.  These delays are inexcusable – the scheme has been operational for over a year and any initial teething problems should have been well and truly resolved by now.

“Many of these farmers were depending on the TAMS payments for specific infrastructural upgrades.  This work has now been delayed as a result of the processing issues in the Department.  This is extremely frustrating for farmers who had made plans based on these projects being competed on time.  The Departmental delays will now push out all of these plans.  Farmers are justifiably angry at the situation and Minister Creed cannot afford to sit on his hands while farmers in Galway and across the country are left high and dry.

“Family farmers are already dealing with serious cash flow issues given the current market volatility and low prices.  The fact that the Department of Agriculture is exacerbating an already stressful situation is appalling. This TAMS funding is of critical importance and these approvals need to be expedited.

“I am calling on Minister Creed to intervene to speed up the applications process.  It is completely unreasonable to expect farmers to wait more than a year for their payments, especially when they are dependent on this funding to run their farms”.