Over 200 members of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association gathered this afternoon at Davitt house at the Department of Agriculture offices in Castlebar county Mayo over the continued delay in payments of GLAS to over 9000 farmers.
Members of the INHFA (Irish Natura & Hill farmers) from across the country gathered outside the government buildings demanding that the Minister and Department take action now on payments.
The INHFA believe that its unacceptable that farmers should be penalised for the Departments obvious inability to sort out its own internal inefficiencies.Vincent Roddy National Chair of INHFA 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 starting here today in castlebar.”
Mr Roddy pointed out that a country with the supposed best IT capabilities in the world should be able to sort out such an issue.
A letter was handed into a Department official and another from the INHFA is being handed into the Taoiseach’s constituency office also.