The national chairman of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) Mr Vincent Roddy has said enough is enough. This comes in response to the fact that the Minister for Agriculture Mr.Michael Creed has failed to heed the warnings coming from the INHFA that action would be taken if the problems within his Department to issue Glas payments to desperate farmers wasn’t sorted out.”We’ve had enough of being treated as second class citizens and putting up with broken promises”,continued Mr.Roddy,” from this Minister who gave assurances that farmers would be paid 85 per cent of their Glas money before Christmas”.
The INHFA believe that its unacceptable that farmers should be penalised for the Departments obvious inability to sort out its own internal inefficiencies.Mr. Roddy pointed out “that if necessary,experts in I.T. systems must be outsourced to sort out this mess ,farmers cannot wait any longer for their wages, what other sector in Irish society would put up with this.”
Mr.Roddy concluded by stating that ” we intend to keep our promise and are staging a number of protests to highlight this matter beginning on Tuesday the 31st January outside Davitt House,DAFM headquarters,Castlebar,Co.Mayo”.
The protest will start at 12pm and run for the afternoon.
All farmers are requested to show solidarity with the plight of those unpaid farmers and attend in large numbers to send a clear message to the Minister.