Michael Fitzmaurice TD has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to take responsibility for the continued delay in payments under the GLAS scheme.
Commenting on the issue Michael Fitzmaurice said “Farmers are totally frustrated and angry” adding that Minister Creed has “fallen down badly in his responsibility.”
“Minister Creed has completely taken his eye off the ball in this situation and thousands of farmers are still without payment which is not good enough. I hear Fianna Fáil politicians complaining about this situation but my reaction to that is to tell them that if they are so angry about it then why not vote against the Government? Remember that the payments under this scheme are owed since December and it is simply not on that these long delays are being experienced by farmers. It’s time for Minister Creed to step up to the plate on this one and tell farmers when the payments that they are owed will be made” he concluded.