It looks like yesterday’s protest didn’t go unnoticed in Leinster House yesterday, as there has been a step in the right direction for struggling tillage farmers today with passing of a Fianna Fáil private motion to create a support fund for some 300 tillage farmers in need of assistance.
Perhaps this will get the ball rolling. Fianna Fáil spokesperson on agriculture Charlie McConalogue campaigned for this vigorously, and he today announced that the motion was passed very strongly.
He added that the power now lies in Minister Creed’s hands to sit down with the Tillage Forum and set out a designated plan on how this scheme will work and look.
The scheme looks to be in need of €4.5 - €5 million for up to 300 tillage farmers mainly on the western seaboard and inland regions who lost in excess of 25% of their crops, and in extreme cases all crops.
This news is welcomed during a difficult time in the Irish tillage sector and such news has been echoed by IFA president Joe Healy who was in attendance at yesterday’s protest at Dáil Éireann.