Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture and Food Charlie McConalogue TD has said that Minister Creed must honour the passing of the Fianna Fáil Private Members Business motion on the fodder crisis in the Dáil last week.

Deputy McConalogue said, “Minister Creed must immediately bring forward the proposals outlined in this motion that the Dáil voted for.

“These include the introduction of a hardship fund, a meal voucher scheme, the delivery of outstanding 2017 payments and low cost loans.

“The minister has taken a hands off approach to the crisis as it escalated over the last 6 months. Despite the calls of Farming Organisations and the passing of a Dáil motion on the issue, he continues to refuse to listen to the difficulties being experienced by the farming community and to support them appropriately.

“The time for dithering is over. The Minister and Government must act swiftly as laid out in the Dáil motion.”