Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, has criticised Minister Simon Coveney for his laissez-faire attitude towards the escalating bull beef crisis.
Deputy Ó Cuív was commenting after Minister Coveney said yesterday that he would not intervene and take measures to alleviate the crisis.
“Yesterday, during questions in the Dáil today, the Minister spoke at length on the crisis but failed to make any reference as to how he would address the way that farmers are not receiving a fair price for their bull beef.
“The price that farmers are receiving for bulls has collapsed in Ireland over recent months because demand for bull beef has reduced significantly in factories.
“The Minister seems to think that there isn’t a problem. Slaughter houses are either turning away young bulls or paying well below their value. Farmers are also finding it impossible to export live cattle on boats from Dublin and transporting them to the UK. What has happened the EU mantra of free trade?
“The Minister seems happy to let the price for bull beef drop dramatically while not ensuring these bulls can then be exported. Farmers are up in arms; Minister Coveney has totally ignored the primary producer here.
“The red tape that is preventing farmers selling their produce at a level playing field is choking the life out of the industry. The Minister’s laissez-faire attitude cannot be allowed to continue.”