Responding to Minister of State Martin Heydon’s announcement on the acceleration of Wear and Tear Allowances for Farm Safety Equipment Scheme, Shane O’Loughlin, Chairperson of ICMSA’s Farm Business Committee, said that credit was due to the Minister of State for the commitment and energy he had brought to the matter.
“Minister of State Heydon got a hold of this and pushed it through and he deserves recognition for that which ICMSA is happy to give him. Obviously the money involved is not significant but it’s gratifying to see politicians actually see a wrong, see a defect, and then proactively go after the solution and push it through,” said Mr. O’Loughlin.
“Farming is by far the most dangerous occupation in Ireland and so far from that being recognised and acted upon, it sometimes seems as if more pressure and more regulatory deadlines are heaped upon individual farmers.
“Anything that helps farmers that have been injured is a good thing and on behalf of ICMSA, I’d like to thank the Minister of State for this small but important change. We think it’s essential that this is followed up with additional initiatives in the area of farm safety,” concluded the ICMSA Farm Business Chairperson.