“Minister Creed is stoking farmers fury by his arrogant refusal to engage,” Mattie McGrath
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has reiterated his call for the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to immediately engage with farmers’ representatives who have been protesting overnight at the Department’s headquarters on Kildare Street. Deputy McGrath was speaking as tillage farmers from the IFA Grain Committee expressed their bitter disappointment at the refusal of Minister Creed to meet with them yesterday despite the massive losses farmers have incurred due to severe crop losses:
“Given that this problem has been going on for well over a year, it only to be expected that the patience of these tillage farmers has now reached an end.
The Minister, by his refusal to meet yesterday has sent a clear message to farmers. He has effectively told them they are not worth even ten minutes of his time.
I know for a fact that he was on the grounds of Leinster House at the time of the protest.
The least he could have done was to give them a modicum of respect and listen to their concerns.
Instead he has chosen to arrogantly distance himself from members of the farming community who are in desperate straits and whose interests he is supposed to represent.
I again call on Minister Creed to leave his office, take a walk down to Agriculture House and engage with these farmers on a human level. It is the least they deserve after the year they and they families have endured,” concluded Deputy McGrath.