Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has blasted the Government for the “total confusion” surrounding the availability of funding for the ‘forgotten farmer’.
Commenting on the issue Michael Fitzmaurice TD said “Once again this week I have been in contact with the Department to see if there is funding for the ‘forgotten farmer’ and now they saying that they cannot take the funding out of the National Reserve and there seems to be total confusion about this matter.
“I have asked for the numbers of farmers involved and I am still waiting for that information. The Single Farm Payment forms are out this week and it would be a travesty if Fianna Fáil and others persist in supporting this Government when there is a commitment written into the programme for Government which states that the ‘forgotten farmer’ issue must be sorted out, yet it is blatantly disregarded again this year”.
Deputy Fitzmaurice continued “We have talked often enough about the demise of rural Ireland and we have seen the numbers in farming dropping and yet here we are again with the Government giving the two fingers to young farmers who lost out in the past and the same thing is happening once again”.
“I am calling on the farming organisations, Sinn Fein, Fianna Fáil and others to increase the pressure on the Government on this issue. Otherwise Fianna Fáil are as well off to be actually in Government with Fine Gael as they are not putting enough pressure on the Government on these important issues. he concluded.