Irish Governement should follow UK lead on retail regulation

IFA President John Bryan said the appointment today (Mon) in Britain of an Adjudicator for the Groceries Code shows how far behind the Irish Government is in regulating retailers.

IFA President John Bryan said the appointment today (Mon) in Britain of an Adjudicator for the Groceries Code shows how far behind the Irish Government is in regulating retailers.

He said, “The appointment of Christine Tacon is an example that our Government could follow. As Adjudicator, she will investigate alleged breaches of the Groceries Code. Crucially, Ms Tacon will have the power to fine retailers found guilty of breaching the Code. This is the kind of legislation and enforcement we need to see taken in this country”.

The IFA President said farmers are still waiting for legislation to curb the dominant power of the multiples.

“Despite a commitment in the Programme for Government and repeated promises, the Government has failed to regulate retailers. We want immediate action on this issue from Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton.

“This means a statutory Code of Conduct and an independent ombudsman to investigate retailers’ abuses. Such abuses cover not just unfair trading practices, such as ‘hello money’ and other forced contributions, but also labelling designed to mislead consumers.”