Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, has said that once more this government is totally out of touch with rural Ireland and failing to deliver for beef farmers amid ongoing protests and public meetings across the country.

Deputy McConalogue explained, “Beef farmers are at tipping point on whether their livelihoods will be preserved. Despite raising the issue in the Dáil with the Minister about the request submitted to the EU Commission for CAP compensation funding, no information was forthcoming.

“We still don’t know precise details on the amount of aid he has sought from the EU, the time period covered, the amount of aid per head and how beef farmers will be paid.

“Beef farmers were led to believe that funding would be forthcoming with the Taoiseach mentioning “significant” Brexit aid for farmers. The time for spin and announcements is over. The government are failing the farming community.

“Farm families livelihoods are on the wire. Beef farmers cannot be left to wither and wait for compensation.  Government must deliver and make this happen now,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.