Breen re echoes his demand that the Government must extend the deadline for the completion of works under the Farm Waste Management scheme.

September 16th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Speaking today as the Farming community gather at the Annual National Ploughing Championships in Kilkenny, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said that “The deadline for the completion of works under the Farm Waste Management Scheme must be extended and Fine Gael will be pursuing the Government rigorously on this matter when the Dail resumes this week.

“There is no reason why the deadline cannot be extended.”

“All FWMS grants must be paid promptly in accordance with the farming charter and the deadline for the completion of works must be extended. There is no shortage of justification for this move, not least economic reasons as for many construction workers the scheme is the only game in town. The Government must give serious consideration to how:

– The weather over the summer has hindered works.

– Deferred planning decisions have delayed the commencement of works.

– Builders, builders’ suppliers and manufacturers have hundreds of orders on their books which they cannot complete by the deadline.

– These orders being lost would lead to more lay-offs in the construction industry.

– The rush to complete works has health and safety implications as shortcuts are taken on site.

– If farmers do not get to complete the scheme its environmental aim will be undermined.

“It should be noted that these works are of no economic benefit to farmers. They are to meet EU environmental targets and farmers have invested heavily to achieve them.”

“Once a compelling case is made to the EU, I can’t see any reason why the deadline couldn’t be extended.”

“The Government must adopt a commonsense approach, Fine Gael will be pressing them to do this in the Dail this week, I don’t want to hear any more excuses because there is no reason why this deadline cannot be extended.”