Micheál Martin Must Clarify Fianna Fáil Position on Nitrates Derogation – IFA

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IFA President Francie Gorman has called on Micheál Martin to make clear his party’s position on Nitrates derogation. This follows comments made by Barry Andrews a member of the Fianna Fáil Party on the RTE Prime Time debate last night.

“Barry Andrews clearly said he does not support the continuation of the derogation. This is at odds with the position of the Fianna Fáil Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue. Fianna Fáil must clarify their position immediately so that farmers know exactly what they are voting for on Friday,” Francie Gorman said.

“Ireland has a unique grass-based system. This is why we have a derogation and it is why it should be maintained,” he said.

“It is easy for Dublin-based MEPs to make rules for rural Ireland without any knowledge or experience of the implications of their decisions. Farmers will be annoyed and worried about what they heard last night and the Tánaiste must clear the matter up today,” he said.


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