Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, says the Minster for Agriculture needs to intervene in the nationwide strike by Knackeries which has entered its second day.  

Deputy McConalogue said, “I am calling on the Minister for Agriculture to meet with representatives of the Animal Collectors Association (ACA). A little under 40 of the country’s Knackeries have been on an indefinite strike since Tuesday. The Minister cannot allow this strike to go on for much longer, otherwise we risk serious public health issues.  

“If a farmer has an animal who has died, right now there is no way of disposing of the animal. The farmer cannot bury the animal, so it effectively has to stay on the farm until it can be disposed of properly. Ordinarily these services would be provided by Knackeries.

“Most of these are small family run businesses who have been struggling for a number of years now. They play an important role in the Agri-sector but due to Department constraints it is not a financially successful business.

“The Minister appears to be losing control of the entire farming sector. He needs to meet with ACA representatives, provide additional supports to ensure the viability of the industry and review the fallen animal scheme and work toward ending this strike,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.