'The flooding did not discriminate against farmers, why does the Government?'
‘There is simply no defence’, says Donegal TD
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed came under pressure in the Dail this week to explain why some farmers affected by recent flooding will not be eligible to receive support under a Government compensation scheme.
Fianna Fail’s Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue said , in a number of cases on the Inishowen Peninsula, the Government is covering 0pc of farmers' losses.
“They are entirely excluded.
“They have experienced a massive loss as a result of the flood, the same as anyone else, but that is not being recognised by the Minister.
“With no justification, they are being entirely ignored by him and left to fend for themselves. The Minister was in the area. I ask him very specifically for his reasons, but he has no answer. He is leaving farmers behind.
“While 90pc of them are included, why is the Minister ignoring the 10pc who are being left to fend for themselves, some of whom who have experienced the most severe losses?
“The flooding, severe as it was, did not discriminate in who it affected or the types of farmer on whom it had an impact, yet the Minister in his scheme is excluding certain farmers.
“For example, one farmer lost 40 acres of barley, which is entirely unusable and was wiped out. He is excluded from the scheme. Others lost potato crops, while others lost second-cut silage.