A protest in Dublin which was organised by the Beef Plan movement needs to be the beginning of a “rural revival” Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says.
The TD said that it’s time to fight back against bureaucrats and “so-called experts”.
Fitzmaurice said: “It is now time for people to come together and present a united front. It was heartening to see the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) supporting the Beef Plan protest. We need everyone singing from the one hymnsheet if we are to overcome the many challenges currently facing us, particularly: Brexit; Mercosur; the climate agenda that is being pushed by bureaucrats; and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform”.
The Independent TD said it was regrettable that no Government representative felt the need to come out to talk to the people of rural Ireland who gathered outside the gates of Leinster House. “It just shows the contempt that this Government has for the farming sector”.
On the Mercosur deal, the Independent TD said: “To think that the EU and the Irish Government would support the area the size of a football field being cut down every minute in the rainforest is unfathomable, while at the same time proposing to increase the carbon tax – which would cripple rural dwellers. Something doesn’t add up in all of this. Is there an agenda to try and drive meat production out of Europe because it is perceived as being carbon intensive?
“One would have to wonder if this is the agenda being pursued by our own Government and Europe. Do they not realise that almost 100,000 families are involved in beef and suckler farming in Ireland?
“These farm families support schools, shops, feed merchants, hardware stores, GPs, vets…as well as a variety of other businesses in rural communities”.