‘We’ve been listening to beef farmers’
Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan says the Government has been listening to the country’s under-pressure beef farmers and he fully expects the FG-led administration to match the €50m being provided by the EU, ensuring a €100m aid package.
Senator Feighan said that there had been strong lobbying from farmers right around the country and that a €50m support package from the European Commission had now been approved.
He continued: “This €50m will be met with matching funding from the Government, bringing the total fund for beef farmers to €100m”.
Senator Feighan said he wanted to commend Commissioner Phil Hogan, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and farming organisations who have “worked extremely hard in conjunction with the European Commission” to reach agreement on this “significant rescue deal”.
It was, he said, evidence of a Government in listening mode.
“It’s clear that this Government and local public representatives on the ground, including myself, have been listening to beef farmers who have suffered financially and are also fearing the added impact of Brexit.
“I now look forward to this money being paid out to farmers as soon as possible,” he concluded.