Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, to grant farmers increased flexibility with respect to slurry spreading deadlines. Minister Murphy had followed up the issue after Deputy McGrath raised the Matter with Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, during last Tuesday’s Dáil Business:
“This is hugely significant breakthrough for the farming and agricultural community.
Not only is it a far more practical and realistic proposal but it is also something that will work to considerably reduce the stress around trying to operate according to totally absurd deadlines.
Up to now farmers had to use and spread their slurry by an artificial deadline regardless of the weather conditions.
It was always a system that was totally unworkable and I am delighted to see that finally recognised.
I very much hope that this change in regulations will lead to awareness within government that policies for rural Ireland must respect the reality of rural life.
Such policies must not be guided by EU Directives which take no account of our particular climate or agricultural practices,” concluded Deputy McGrath.