ICMSA: Meeting with EU Commissioner on Nitrates was ‘useful’

The President of the ICMSA Pat McCormack has said that last week’s meeting with EU Environmental Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius on the Nitrates issue was “useful” and had clarified several questions.

Chief amongst those clarifications was the Commissioner’s concession that if water quality stabilised then Ireland could keep its Derogation. Mr McCormack said that he had no doubt whatsoever that the incidence of water problems rightly or wrongly attributed to farming would fall – he said that trend was already apparent and would continue.

A more pressing issue was what he described as the State’s hopeless position on deteriorating water quality caused by its own inaction and indifference.

The ICMSA President said that the recent publication of untreated discharges at multiple locations all under the direct supervision of agencies of the State was as scandalous as it was revealing.