Offaly must get fair play with ANC scheme - TD
Offaly TD Carol Nolan has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to intervene to reverse the outcome of the Areas of Natural Constraint review which was carried out recently.
Deputy Nolan stated that this review has angered many farming families in the constituency who feel that land that should have been eligible for this scheme was excluded while a number of other townlands in Offaly have also been omitted from the scheme.
"It is disappointing to see that Offaly hasn't fared out as well as many other counties when a comparison is made on the outcome of this review," Nolan said.
Deputy Nolan went onto say that she has already raised a number of parliamentary questions with the Minister for Agriculture calling on him to intervene in respect of the decision of the review to remove 699 townlands across the state from the scheme.
"I have also called on him to give a commitment to farmers that all appeals lodged will be dealt with in a fair manner."
Nolan went on to say that with "farming incomes falling by the day and with the threat of Brexit looming, the decision made to exclude some townlands and take so many others out of the ANC scheme was unacceptable and an insult to many hardworking farming families."
"The Minister has a responsibility to stand up for families across this state and intervene in this matter."
Deputy Nolan concluded by encouraging farmers in the constituency to complete appeals as soon as possible and to encourage other farmers living in their townlands to do likewise. She stated that appeal forms can be obtained from her offices in Birr and Tullamore.