Pressure mounts on Creed over ID cards for farmers
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is coming under massive pressure to clarify whether farmers will require controversial Public Services Cards (PSCs) to access EU payments.
Mr Creed's department has stonewalled questions about whether farmers will be forced to get the cards for future applications. It comes amid accusations that the Government's position on the matter is being "fudged".
Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman Charlie McConalogue has now demanded Mr Creed clarify the situation.
"The department should not be fudging the position on this. Farmers deserve clarity in relation to what the proposals are," he said.
"What we need is less red-tape rather than more in terms of how payments are administered."
He pointed out farmers already have unique identifiers, such as herd numbers, for making EU Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications.
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said it is hard to see why the PSC would be needed.
"If there's a double claim it's picked up straight away," he said about the current system.