‘Completely intolerable beef industry would be hung out to dry for the benefit of other sectors’ – ICSA President

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ICSA ICSA president Patrick Kent has said that the report launched today
on the impact in Ireland of the proposed TTIP agreement is a wake-up call for all involved.

“According to the report,” he said, “the beef industry stands to lose between €25 and €50 million a year due to increased competition from the US.

“It is completely intolerable that the beef sector would be hung out to dry for the benefit of other sectors, and ICSA will not accept this.”

“The spin on this, of course, is that the agreement would benefit the Irish economy overall, but is that justification for sacrificing any one sector?

“We are now calling on Minister Bruton and Commissioner Malmström to guarantee that the beef sector will be protectedunder the proposed agreement.”


All affected by land eligibility issues urged to attend

ICSA Roscommon chairman Ger Grehan has urged all farmers affected by land eligibility issues to attend a public meeting in Athlone on April 10th, at which MEPs, TDS and local councillors will be present.

“Farmers all over the country have been affected by LPIS
penalties, up to 100% of their single payment in some cases,
and there are huge concerns about how the Department is
dealing with this,” said Mr. Grehan. “We are providing a forum
for all farmers to raise these concerns and to share experiences
with the public representatives present, and a large turnout of
affected farmers would really serve to drive home the anger
felt by so many.

“Our West Cork chairman, Dermot Kelleher, will be in attendance
at the meeting to outline the proposed legal challenge against the
unfairness of these penalties by a group of farmers in West Cork,
which will be of interest to anyone who may find themselves in a
similar situation.

“The meeting will also discuss the proposed Dublin/Galway Greenway, which is a particular issue for farmers along the route through Roscommon and Galway,” continued Mr. Grehan.

“Farmers have raised a number of major issues with the proposed development, and so far, these seem to have fallen on deaf ears.  People’s livelihoods are at stake here, and the matter cannot be ignored by the authorities.

The meeting takes place at 8.30pm on Friday April 10th at the
Athlone Springs Hotel, and all are welcome to attend.