Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, has called on the Minister for Agriculture to intervene in the nationwide strike by knackeries.
Just 40 of the country’s knackeries have been on an indefinite strike since Tuesday;Deputy McConalogue is calling on Minister Creed to meet with representatives of the Animal Collectors Association (ACA).
'Serious public health issues'
"The Minister cannot allow this strike to go on for much longer, otherwise, we risk serious public health issues," McConalogue said.
“If a farmer has an animal who has died, right now there is no way of disposing of the animal."
"The farmer cannot bury the animal, so it effectively has to stay on the farm until it can be disposed of properly,” he added.
McConalogue stated that most of these are small family-run businesses "who have been struggling for a number of years now."
He highlighted that they play an "important role" in the agri-sector but due to "Department constraints" it is not a financially successful business. “The Minister appears to be losing control of the entire farming sector."
Deputy McConalogue said the Minister needs to meet ACA representatives, provide additional supports to ensure the "viability of the industry", review the fallen animal scheme and work towards "ending this strike".