Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called on the Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection to review the application forms for the Farm Assist Scheme to ensure that they are processed as quickly as possible.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony explained, “Farmers regularly complain to me about the complex nature of the application form for the Farm Assist scheme. They say the amount of information needed by the Department is excessive and slows down the process.

“The Farm Assist Scheme was established by Fianna Fáil to provide a valuable payment for low income farmers. Fine Gael dramatically cut the supports when they got in to government but we have managed to reverse those punitive cuts under Confidence and Supply.

“However, the amount of red tape involved in the process is still a major issue for farmers in West Cork, and around the country, who have to fill out forms every year.

“I am calling on Minister Regina Doherty to review this form to ensure the farm assist application is a swift and simple process for those in the farming community,” concluded Deputy Murphy O’Mahony.