New European Commission must stop marginalising Irish fishing communities – Matt Carthy MEP

New European Commission must stop marginalising Irish fishing communities – Matt Carthy MEP

 

Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has said that the EU nominee for the post of Environment and Oceans Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius from Lithuania, has yet to prove that he is up for the job of protecting and supporting fishing communities.

 

In a hearing with members of the European Parliament last week Mr. Sinkevičius defended the removal of reference to fisheries in the new portfolio title.

 

Speaking from Brussels on Tuesday Carthy, MEP for the Midlands North West, said that he believed that Mr. Sinkevičius’s replies to questions were too ambiguous which was worrying for the Irish fishing sector.  The apparent lack of insight from the new commissioner, he said, was concerning considering the importance of fisheries to communities across Ireland´s coastline.

 

Carthy said:

 

“The commissioner designate correctly acknowledges that marine biodiversity is facing a crisis as a result of industrial overfishing, marine litter and climate change.

 

“However, the choice made by the new Commission to remove fisheries from the title of the portfolio will be seen as a further step in the marginalization of traditional fishing communities.

 

“Of course, this is more important than titles.  Even if we now add the word “fisheries” to the current portfolio the concerns would persist until we see a specific commission portfolio that prioritises fisheries across its three dimensions – social, environmental, economic – and recognises its value to our coastal economy”.

 

Brexit

 

Raising the Brexit related concerns of Fishing communities Carthy continued: “Fishers from Ireland catch 36 percent of their total allowable catch in waters that fall under British jurisdiction. After Brexit, access to these fishing grounds could be blocked to EU vessels, including our own.

 

“The CFP and quota allocations to the various remaining Member states must therefore be revisited.  The quota share of the fish that vessels from Ireland currently catch in waters between Ireland and Britain is of major concern, but the Commissioner designate has not been reassuring on this matter.

 

“Ireland, following Brexit, with the largest remaining lucrative fishing grounds in the North Western Waters, will be geographically isolated from Europe. Ireland must be given a special status similar to other periphery regions as set out in the treaties.

 

“This fact was acknowledged when the European Parliament passed Sinn Féin´s amendment to legislation for the new Maritime Fund earlier this year inserting special funding specifically for Ireland´s remote coastal areas.

 

“In order to try to mitigate the damage that the neglect of our rural fishing communities have endured for years and the threat of a no deal Brexit, the European Commission and Council need to stop marginalising fisheries and endorse the Parliament´s position on funding for Ireland.  That means addressing the fishing quota and access crisis that Irish fishers will face if Britain leaves with no deal”.

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Minister confirms that northern drivers will not need to display GB stickers post-Brexit – Matt Carthy MEP

Minister confirms that northern drivers will not need to display GB stickers post-Brexit – Matt Carthy MEP

 

The Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has welcomed confirmation received by his party’s Transport Spokesperson, Jonathan O’Brien TD, from Minister Ross that: “These stickers (GB stickers) are prescribed under international road traffic conventions, including the Geneva Convention which I mentioned, and which applies between Ireland and the UK.  The purpose of the sticker is largely to identify a vehicle as visiting rather than as based in the jurisdiction, for tax purposes.  However, there is no offence of not having a sticker of this kind in Irish road traffic legislation”.

 

Matt Carthy said:

 

“I welcome this confirmation of the legal situation.  Common sense has prevailed and the threat to northern drivers of having to put a GB sticker on their car is an empty one it seems.  Beyond the political importance this is a practical concern for hauliers and many other drivers and workers.

 

“There are still questions over insurance and driving licences that need to be resolved.  I urge anybody living in the south with British licence to transfer it to an Irish licence as soon as possible to avoid any potential difficulties.  Leaving it until after Brexit risks having to begin the while licencing process again although I hope flexibility can be granted in this situation.

 

“On insurance, Britain has waived the requirement for Green Card for drivers going north but the EU has yet to waive this requirement for drivers coming from the north.  This is entirely in the power of the EU to do but, despite saying he is pushing for it, Minister Ross has failed to convince them to do so.  He needs to up his game and get the EU to agree to this exception, at least for Ireland.

 

“For us those of from the border region these are the real outworkings of what represents a hardening of the border.  We will not accept any burden that makes it more difficult to get about our lives on a cross-border basis.  Government need to be proactive across every department in addressing these issues”

 

Parliamentary response to Jonathan O’Brien from Minister for Shane Ross: 

 

For Oral Answer on : 02/10/2019

Question Number(s): 68 Question Reference(s): 39904/19

Department: Transport, Tourism and Sport

Asked by: Jonathan O’Brien T.D.

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QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport the efforts he is making to ensure that drivers in Northern Ireland will be permitted to drive legally here without additional paperwork or stickers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

 

REPLY
Although the Deputy does not say so, I am assuming that he is referring to drivers from Northern Ireland being able to drive into this jurisdiction if Brexit occurs without a deal in place.  The answer is that they will.

Specifically, driving across the border in a no-deal Brexit scenario will raise three issues.  The first is the driving licence.  Under the 1949 Geneva Convention on international road traffic, people will be able to drive here on their Northern Ireland licences, on a visitor basis.  No additional documentation will be required in this regard.

Next, there is the question of insurance.  There is a international system, pre-dating the EU, under which a so-called ‘Green Card’ acts as proof of motor insurance in international travel.  This system was created to facilitate international road traffic by providing for a single standard document as proof of motor insurance across all participating countries, rather than requiring people to carry different documentation for each country they enter.

Under EU law, Green Cards are not required for travel within the EU.  If the UK becomes a Third Country without a deal, the default position will be that Green Cards will be required for UK-registered vehicles entering the EU from the UK.  EU law does, however, provide that the EU Commission should set a date after which Green Cards will not be required from a given Third Country, if the Motor Insurers’ Bureaux of all the Member States so request.  This request was made late last year.  The Commission has yet to make a decision on setting a date.  Ireland has continued to request that the Commission make a decision, so that Green Cards will not be required.

The third and final matter is whether vehicles should have a national identification sticker.  These stickers are prescribed under international road traffic conventions, including the Geneva Convention which I mentioned, and which applies between Ireland and the UK.  The purpose of the sticker is largely to identify a vehicle as visiting rather than as based in the jurisdiction, for tax purposes.  However, there is no offence of not having a sticker of this kind in Irish road traffic legislation.  While I need hardly point out that a person is unlikely to be made liable for vehicle tax simply as a result of not having an international sticker, this is essentially a matter for Revenue.  I understand that there is likewise no offence of not having a sticker in UK law.

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British Government Brexit Border proposals “absolutely unacceptable” – Matt Carthy MEP

British Government Brexit Border proposals “absolutely unacceptable” – Matt Carthy MEP

 

Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, joined the chorus of outrage this week to the British government’s suggestion of developing customs posts along the border as part of its effort to replace the ‘backstop’.  The Monaghan based representative described any such arrangements as “absolutely unacceptable”.

 

Speaking from Brussels on Tuesday the Monaghan based MEP said:

 

“This is a ludicrous proposition from the British Government that will be rejected by communities on both sides of the border.  It vindicates those of us who argued that the issues pertaining to the border in Ireland needed to be addressed in the first part of the Brexit negotiations.  While the British governments claimed that they could be trusted to protect the Good Friday Agreement this paper shows that, even at this late stage, they have either no understanding or no care for our peace process or the economy in any part of Ireland, including the north.

 

“It is incumbent on the EU and the Irish government to make it absolutely clear that any such proposal is absolutely out of the question.  The partition of our country has been a disaster economically, socially and politically.  It led to division and conflict and has stunted the potential of our entire country and especially the border region.  The Good Friday Agreement and our joint membership of the EU single market were the twin ingredients that have allowed us to begin undoing some of the damage of partition over the past twenty-odd years.  We cannot tolerate, from any quarter, the notion that there would be new controls on cross-border interactions.

 

“That is why it is also disconcerting to see reports that the Irish government may have invested in new customs vehicles for use in the border region”. (Photos circulating on social media this week showed a consignment of new customs vehicles arriving in Dundalk, Co. Louth).

 

Carthy said “To our community, having customs checks between Monaghan and Armagh is the equivalent of putting the same checks between Kerry and Cork.  This approach would not be tolerated anywhere else and will not be tolerated by border communities.

 

“The Irish government must use all resources to avoid any hardening of the border in our country.  That they appear to be investing in numerous customs vehicles without consulting with local communities is deeply worrying and will be unsettling to many.

 

“Now, is the time for all Irish political voices to remain steadfast in support of the backstop and in our determination to avoid any disruption to cross-border activity.

 

“What we need on this island, north and south, is to ensure there is no hard border, that our all-island economy is protected and that the Good Friday Agreement is protected.

 

“The British Government’s proposals published this week fly in the face of all of that, and it is a vexatious suggestion that mustn’t be given succour by Irish government actions.”

 

EU role in Irish Unity?

 

Matt Carthy also reported that he and his colleague Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson, would next week host the launch of an independent legal and academic report detailing how the EU can assist in facilitating Irish Unity.  The document will be launched in the European Parliament on Wednesday next the 9th of October.

 

Carthy said: “This report, authored by Professor Colin Harvey of Queen’s University Belfast and Barrister Mark Bassett is the first of its kind, and will explore how the EU can assist with the transition to Irish Unity, drawing on the assistance that the EU provided during the unification of Germany.  People across the island of Ireland have already begun a series of calm and considered conversations about our futures.

 

“It is clear, that should the British government proceed with their reckless Brexit agenda without consideration for the special arrangements that are required to protect Ireland, that the debate on Irish Unity will advance swiftly.  The provision for a poll on Irish Unity is a key component within the Good Friday Agreement and it will be seen by many in the north as a pathway back to European Union membership.

 

“So we need to start preparing for it now.  This report will be an important contribution to the debate and I look forward to engaging with colleagues from across Europe to ensure that we make a success of the journey towards a United Ireland that we are undoubtedly on”.

ENDS

 

Carthy presses EU Commission Agriculture candidate on CAP inequalities & dominance of processors & retailers

Carthy presses EU Commission Agriculture candidate on CAP inequalities & dominance of processors & retailers

 

Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has said that the EU nominee for the post of Agriculture Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski from poland, failed to impress during his hearing with members of the European Parliament on Tuesday.

 

At the hearing of the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Carthy pressed Mr. Wojciechowski, who is set to replace Phil Hoan on the college of commissioners, on the deep inequalities that exist within CAP and on the growing dominance of a small number of corporate processors & retailers who have forced the depression of the prices received for their product.

 

Speaking afterwards the Midlands North West MEP said that he believed that Mr. Wojciechowski’s replies to questions were vague, oft times ill-informed and insufficient to inspire the level of confidence required considering the challenges facing farmers in Ireland, and elsewhere in the EU, over the coming years.

 

Addressing the commissioner-designate  at the hearing, Carthy said:

 

“The commissioner designate refers to the fact that the EU is losing farms at a rate of 4 million per decade.  I want to save the commission the expense of carrying out an assessment to identify the cause of this and explain that is simply because farms are not viable.  Farming has become unprofitable for too many and therefore farmers are being forced off the land.

 

“There are two areas that must be addressed to help tackle this.  The first is a reform of farm payments; currently just 125,000 of the wealthiest farm enterprises in the EU receive €13 billion in CAP payments.  That is about 10% of the overall EU budget(!).  This is a huge amount going to that small number of farm enterprises, while most farmers receive a pittance in comparison.

 

Farm protests

 

“Secondly, within the agricultural sector, we have seen ongoing consolidation of large corporate processors and retailers, and the European Commission has stood by while it has happened.  This consolidation has weakened the position of farmers and in turn depressed the prices that they receive.  As a result, this has led to unprecedented protests in Ireland by beef farmer.

 

“So the question for the commission nominee to answer is what he intends to do to ensure the redistribution of farm payments towards ordinary farmers and to tackle the small number of powerful corporate interests in the agricultural sector?”

In his response Mr Wojciechowski stated that the EU cannot decide the prices and the market must be free.  He proceeded to relay broad statistics and said that he wanted a debate.

 

Clearly unimpressed MEP Carthy chastised “I don’t know what that was but it wasn’t an answer to my questions”.  He suggested that another hearing with the commissioner will be necessary before the nomination of Mr. Wojciechowski can be ratified.

 

Matt Carthy proceeded, in his follow-up contribution to ask the commissioner-designate if he would give his view on two specific proposals.

 

Ban Below-Cost Selling

 

“Firstly will the commission nominee support a hard, mandatory, upper limit on high payments so that the balance can be redistributed to ordinary farmers?  And, secondly, I believe firmly that if we are to tackle the dominance of a small number of processors and retailers we need to introduce a ban on below cost selling by retailers on agricultural products.  Will the commissioner endorse that proposal?”

 

Again, Mr Wojciechowski responded in vague terms and Matt Carthy stated bluntly afterwards:  “If a nominee for the position of Agriculture Commissioner does not a view on these matters then they should not be looking for the job.  The previous Commissioner, Phil Hogan, had a position, unfortunately it was the wrong one on both counts.  If we continue along that track then we will continue to see the numbers of farmers decline.

 

“This could be the last chance to save family farming as a viable model.  In order to do so we need to have a fairer CAP and we need to rein in the large factories and retailers.  In the first instance, we need a commissioner who will work towards these ends” he concluded.

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Local MEP says that Sinn Féin Alternative Budget 2020 would give Monaghan families and workers a break

Local MEP says that Sinn Féin Alternative Budget 2020 would give Monaghan families and workers a break

 

The Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has commended his party’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty on publishing an ‘Alternative Budget’ which clearly shows that it is possible to end the rip-off and give families and workers in counties like Monaghan a break.  In order to deliver these objectives, Carthy said, it is vital that the policies of Sinn Féin are implemented.

 

Sinn Féin’s alternative budget proposals include a provision for two free GP visits for every person without a medical card, a rent freeze and a relief worth one month’s rent, free travel on public transport for five to eighteen-year-olds and a reduction in the cost of childcare by an average of €100 a month per child.  Such moves are deliverable, Carthy said, and would make a real, tangible benefit to families in Co. Monaghan.

 

Speaking after the launch of the Sinn Féin alternative budget by Pearse Doherty on Monday, Matt Carthy said:

 

“The upcoming budget needs to do two things: end the rip off to give workers & families a break and secure Ireland’s future if there is a crash out Brexit.

 

“There is something seriously wrong when the vast majority of people have less money in their pockets now than they did when Fine Gael, supported by Fianna Fáil, came into power three years ago.

 

“The reasons for this are obvious – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are making bad, short term decisions that are costing the tax payer billions and they are failing to intervene to deal with out of control costs in childcare, rents and essential household bills like insurance and mortgage interest payments.

 

“The consequence is that insurance companies, banks and landlords are making billions while workers and families in counties like Monaghan are being ripped off.

 

“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget offers clear, realisable solutions to the rip-off living costs faced by countless families – sky-high insurance premiums, extortionate rents, and eye-watering childcare costs.  Together, these ensure that Ireland’s cost of living is among the most unaffordable in the developed world.

 

“The budget cannot be just about survival, it must be about ensuring people can have a decent life and enjoy their time with family and friends.

 

“Sinn Féin’s alternative budget will give workers and families a break.  We would:

 

  • Help renters by introducing an emergency freeze on rents and bringing in rent relief which would save them the equivalent of one month’s rent each year.

 

  • Help families by reducing the cost of childcare by an average of €100 a month per child.

 

  • Provide two free GP visits for every person without a medical card – so nobody delays going to the doctor because they are worried about the cost.

 

  • Ensure there is No carbon tax increase in Budget 2020.

 

  • End the insurance rip-off – first we’re going after the government take and then we are coming after the industry.

 

  • Invest an additional €300 million to give people with disabilities and their families a break.

 

  • Introduce free travel for 5 to 18-year-olds on public transport.

 

I commend Pearse Doherty for publishing this fully-costed alternative budget and I encourage people to read it to see clearly that there is a better, fairer way of spending taxpayers money and to ensure that people in Monaghan and across the country can be giving a break if the political will is there.  Sinn Féin have that political will” he concluded.

 

Sinn Féin’s alternative budget can be accessed here.

 

Carthy commits Sinn Féin support for ‘#Gaeilge4All’ campaign

Carthy commits Sinn Féin support for ‘#Gaeilge4All’ campaign

 

Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has welcomed the launch of the ‘#Gaeilge4All’ campaign, and supported the call for reforms to the way in which the Irish language is taught in schools to ensure better access to Irish medium education for all.

The Midlands North West representative was speaking after the launch of the new campaign by Irish language organisations on Monday.  He said:

“Sinn Féin are proud to support this campaign which is aimed at improving the way in which Irish is taught in schools.  It is badly needed and long overdue.

“The public support for the Irish language and its role at the heart of our education system is overwhelming.  Having a second language has proven educational benefits, which are unrecognised by too many.

“Irish medium education can also offer unique benefits; it keeps us rooted with our culture, our heritage and gives people a chance to develop language skills that are highly sought after.

“However, there is significant scope to reform how Irish is taught within our schools.  It simply doesn’t make sense that we spend so much time in school attending Irish classes for so many to complete their education unable to converse in our native language.  I therefore welcome this call for a unified vision for the role of Irish in our schools; from junior infants right up to third level.

“Irish must remain as a core subject for the junior and leaving certificate cycles, but adequate supports must be put in place to ensure this is the case, while key policy changes must be brought forward by the Minister for Education to ensure as wide a scope of people can access learning through Irish”.

 

“Ba chór go mbeadh deis ag gach dalta an Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim agus tá sé ceart go mbeadh muid ag tabhairt gach tacaíocht dóibh. Chomh maith le sin, caithfimid tacú lenár múinteoirí agus breis acmhainní a cuir ar fáil dóibh.

 

“Mura dtabharfar aghaidh ar infheistíocht cheart a dhéanamh insan gcóras oideachais beidh costas i bhfad níos mó ar an stát amach anseo”.

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“Tidy Towns Committees throughout County Monaghan deserve huge praise” – Matt Carthy MEP (Carthy also welcomes “innovative” plastic bottle return initiative launched in Carrickmacross this week)

“Tidy Towns Committees throughout County Monaghan deserve huge praise” – Matt Carthy MEP

Carthy also welcomes “innovative” plastic bottle return initiative launched in Carrickmacross this week

 

Co. Monaghan based MEP Matt Carthy has conveyed his warm congratulations to Glaslough on winning the overall prize in this year’s Tidy Towns Awards.  Carthy also commended the Carrickmacross Tidy Towns committee on securing another Gold Medal in the competition and he praised all those from across Co. Monaghan involved in the Tidy Towns programme.

 

The Midlands Norhwest Sinn Féin representative said “Anyone driving through County Monaghan can see the results of hard work by the volunteers of our Tidy Towns committees.  It’s a real source of pride for all Monaghan people that the towns and villages in our county are always competing at the highest level.

 

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Glaslough Tidy Towns Committee. I’ve had the pleasure of being in Glasslough village many times throughout 2019 and it has always been immaculate with a real attention to detail in flower arranging and upkeep of houses and shop fronts”.

 

Carthy also reserved special praise for his home town of Carrickmacross, which once again retained its gold medal status only finishing 5 points behind the overall winners Glaslough. “The committee’s work in Carrickmacross is tireless.  It has to be seen to be believed.  Knowing the members of the committee it is clear that they are driven by a love for their town.  I have personally seen them working all hours day and night to ensure that town looks as beautiful as it does.  They deserve huge credit.”

 

The local MEP was also eager to praise the initiative and innovation shown by Carrickmacross Tidy Towns in relation to schemes like the reverse vending machines for plastic bottles, which was launched in the town on Monday.

 

He said: “The introduction of Ireland’s first ever Plastic Bottle return machine is a prime example of the community spirit and innovative drive that organisations such as Carrickmacross Tidy Towns are renowned.  Last year the reusable coffee cup scheme led to a massive reduction in the amount of single-use plastic waste we produce in County Monaghan.  Coupled with this new initiative, Monaghan is clearly setting an example that other parts of Ireland can replicate.”

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“End of Beef Protests should mark beginning for radical change in sector” – Matt Carthy MEP

“End of Beef Protests should mark beginning for radical change in sector” – Matt Carthy MEP

 

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has commended protesting beef farmers for shining a spotlight on the inequalities in their sector.  He said that the decision to call off the pickets was the right one but that government and the meat industry must use this opportunity to bring about the radical reform that is required.

 

Carthy, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural Development committee, said

 

“Farmers never wanted to be on picket lines.  They mounted protests because they were at breaking point.  Their actions have shone a spotlight on the inequalities in the market that they operate in.  It was due to their resolve that the Meat Industry went further than they had ever intended in talks.

 

“The spotlight must remain focused on the inequalities that remain in this sector.  The farmers who this weekend decided to stand down from their protests made the right call.  But, that doesn’t mean that government and industry can return to normal.  Action is required by the factories themselves but also by government.

 

“For our part, we in Sinn Féin will continue to press for the radical reforms required. The government must work with us to bring forward the measures that will protect our family farms.  That means ensuring that farmers secure fair prices for their products, that there is full transparency across the sector and that the EU market is not flooded with cheap beef imports.  It also means that the premium product that is natural, grass-fed beef is recognised in labelling and price structures.  Beef from factory feed-lots is not the same product, it should not be allowed to distort the market.

 

“Sinn Féin will continue to work at domestic and EU level to introduce provisions to protect our family farms.  The end of the beef protests should mark the beginning for the radical change that is required”.

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Matt Carthy hails major win in battle against Mercosur as Austrian parliament rejects ‘toxic’ deal

Matt Carthy hails major win in battle against Mercosur as Austrian parliament rejects ‘toxic’ deal

 

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has welcomed the Austrian parliament’s rejection of the EU-Mercosur trade agreement.  The rejection received widespread support this week in the parliamentary committee which deals with EU affairs and importantly, under Austrian law, the Government is compelled to comply with this decision.

 

Carthy, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural Development committee, said:

 

“This move by Austrian parliamentarians is a major win in the battle against the toxic Mercosur deal.  It presents a perfect opportunity for the Irish government to now kill this trade agreement in its tracks.

 

“Like the Austrian Government, our Taoiseach, has been given an unequivocal message from the Dáil that the Mercosur deal should be vetoed.  That he and his government have refused to convey that position to the European institutions is unacceptable.  To equivocate, as our government have, is an insult to rural communities that realise that the importation into the EU market of an additional annual 99,000 tonnes of Brazilian beef will destroy our family farm model, the lifeblood of our regional economies.

 

“The Mercosur trade deal offers nothing positive for Ireland.  It is bad for our most important indigenous sector, bad for our overall economy and disastrous for the environment.  It must be rejected.

 

“The Dáil has already determined it’s position through the adoption of Sinn Féin’s motion of rejection.  The move by Austrian representatives shows that this position has widespread support across the EU.  We should provide progressive leadership on this issue by stating categorically that Ireland will veto this deal and any others that put the interests of multi-national corporations before that of the environment and citizens”.

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Carthy to host “A Future for Irish Farming?” Event at Ploughing Championships 2019

Carthy to host “A Future for Irish Farming?” Event at Ploughing Championships 2019

Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands Northwest Matt Carthy will host a public discussion at this year’s Ploughing Championships in Carlow. The event entitled  ”A Future for Irish Farming? Stop Mercosur, Support Family Farms & Rural Communities” will take place in the Sinn Féin tent (stall: 366 – block 4 – row 17) at 11am on Thursday the 19th of September.

Ahead of the event Carthy said “Over the past number of weeks the crisis in Irish agriculture has escalated. Without our family farms the towns and villages across Ireland will not survive.  That family farm model is under threat.

That is why I, and other Sinn Féin reps, have been standing with our farmers on the picket lines.  That is why we have organised a campaign to highlight the dangers of the Mercosur and other EU trade deals and that is why we believe that it is time to break the cartels and support our farmers.

Attempts to pit low-paid workers against low-paid farmers was a predicable, if disappointing, action.  Sinn Féin will continue to support all those who face the wrath of the beef barons, the banks and the other gombeen capitalists who have been ripping off the working people of Ireland for too long.”

Thursday’s event will also feature contributions from Brian Stanley TD – Sinn Féin Agriculture Food & Marine Spokesperson and representatives from Farming Organisations such as INHFA, IFA, ICSA, ISMSA and Beef Plan Movement.

A busy three days are planned for the Sinn Féin tent at this year’s Ploughing Championships. Among the topics being discussed at this year’s panels are Brexit & Challenges for Rural Ireland , A Fairer Economy: Investing in Rural Ireland & Tackling High Insurance Costs and A Future for Irish Farming? Stop Mercosur, Support Family Farms & Rural Communities.

Be sure to drop in to the Sinn Féin tent for this series of events,and a discussion with their all Ireland teams of TDs, MLAs, MPs, MEPs and Councillors.  ENDS

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