Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, says the Minister for Agriculture can no longer ignore the live export trade in Ireland following the announcement that TLT International has gone into receivership.
Deputy Ó Cuív was responding to the announcement that Ireland’s largest livestock exporter has gone into receivership.
“Minister Coveney has totally ignored the live export trade in Ireland despite repeated calls to take an interest in this vitally important industry.
“With the news that TLT International has gone into receivership there is widespread concern in farming and mart circles in relation to payments due to them. I now call on the Minister to ensure there are no losses to farmers and marts from this situation as not to do so will completely undermine confidence in live exports.
“I have previously called for a Europe wide investigation into the beef trade including the live export trade. There are a number of issues that need to be examined and scrutinised. These include claims of questionable practices in the industry and the variation in the price paid for cattle from country to country.
“Farmers, marts and the industry in Ireland don’t want excuses from the Minister; they want answers. I am also calling on the Minister to ensure the sector is protected and developed. Livestock exports are essential to a viable cattle trade in this country and is an essential part of reaching targets in the Harvest 2020 Programme.”