We hear alot about the post fact world in the US but we don’t have to look so far away to see it happening on our own doorstep. I refer of course to the falsehoods, post truth, alternate truth that is the delay of GLAS payments to farmers.
It’s numbered now that some 10,000 farmers are still without their payments. The money which was promised in December then by Christmas, then in the coming days and now near the end of January nearly 2 months later a mysterious IT problem has appeared.
Let’s call falsehoods what they really are; lies.
The GLAS payments have not been paid to nearly 10,000 farmers and the Department has used every excuse under heaven to delay and stall the process and in that they have duped and lied to the Irish farming public. We don’t have to look to Donald Trump for these things when we have perfectly capable Irish bodies doing it for years.
At the end of December 2016, there were 37,500 active participants in the scheme over 27,400 by then had been paid 85% of their payment as to the other souls the 10,100 we are told they did not pass validation tests.
The Department have repeatedly said they are working on paying everyone but here is the real kicker because you might imagine the reason payment has been slow is because of lack of funding but as discovered by TD Eamon O Cuiv the whole program is actually in under spend of some €250 million meaning that there is no lack of funding indeed O Cuiv has called on the Government to increase GLAS payments from €5000 to ensure that monies are not wasted.
That’s Farming have long been talking about this issue and indeed our own polls showed that 60% of farmers would not have entered GLAS had they known that GLAS would take so long to process. Only 16% of respondents to that poll said they were satisfied with the scheme.
Indeed Michael Fitzmaurice TD has went on the record saying the costs associated with GLAS were too high for farmers to begin with.
‘The costs associated with farmers participation in GLAS and other schemes is astronomical and the Government will have to investigate Teagasc, Agricultural planners and vets, some of whom are charging huge sums for work associated with these schemes.’
All political parties from Fianna Fail to independents and Sinn Fein have called on the Minister and Department to clarify the situation and rectify the long overdue payment to farmers but it continually delays and stalls paying farmers. Its time the falsehoods were put to bed, its time the lies of the Department were called out and further than actually paying the GLAS fee’s the underspend needs to be rectified and the money that is not distributed is actually used.
No one likes a liar and we’re pretty tired of this post truth situation.