Fianna Fail TD calls on government partners to give farmers more money now

Risk of no deal Brexit ‘real possibility.’

Sligo News File.

Fianna Fail wants its Fine Gael-led government partners to roll out more money to farmers.

Party TD Marc MacSharry said Agriculture Minister Michael Creed “must fulfil his commitment that money would be available to protect those in our biggest indigenous sector.

“Grants should be made available now in advance of Brexit to allow those in the sector to prepare,” he stressed.

“There are 35 days until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU and at this juncture, the risk of a no deal Brexit is a very real possibility.

“If this comes to pass and Irish beef is forced to compete in the UK market against cheaper imports from other countries thousands of jobs will be lost in both islands,” he warned.

Every effort must be made to safeguard this industry and, he added “the hundreds of thousands of people employed in it, both directly and indirectly.

“We are neglected by the government in the North West region and are most at risk from the consequences of a no deal Brexit.”