Scanlon: ‘Opportunity to have their voices heard.’
Sligo News File Online.
Issues that the party’s general election candidate Eamon Scanlon is proposing to discuss include beef prices, processor specifications, and super levy penalties following the abolition of milk quotas.
Scanlon observes that there are problems with prices and fines, and has invited Eamon O’Cuiv TD, and Macra President, Sean Finan to discuss them.
The press statement mentions that a GP, Dr. Keith Swanick will also be present to speak on farm safety.
The meeting is in Coach House Hotel at 8 pm on 3rd December.
Scanlon was TD when the Fianna Fail-led government announced the decision to kill off cancer services at what was then the General Hospital in Sligo. The hospital, later a regional facility, is now named the University Hospital, Sligo.
As a Fianna Fail Councillor Scanlon and members of the party on Sligo County Council have, for the last two years, partnered Fine Gael in voting down proposed reductions in the property tax on the family home.
The tax on family homes was implemented by the current Fine Gael – Labour Coalition following an agreement the last Fianna Fail-led government made with the Troika to introduce the controversial measure. The property tax and water and carbon taxes that the Fianna Fail-led government also agreed to introduce in its Understanding with the Troika have inflicted hardship on families in rural and urban areas of Sligo and the region. Farmers are being hit with water bills by both the county council and Irish Water.
Fianna Fail – expected to form a Coalition government with Fine Gael after the general election in early 2016 – have given no undertaking that they will abolish the water charges, the property taxes or the carbon levies on coal, gas, heating oil, turf briquettes, diesel or petrol. Farmers may see the meeting as an opportunity to raise these issues and the crash that brought the country’s economy to its knees.