Farmers must be given time to complete safety upgrades

IESpeaking from Brussels today Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada called on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to extend the deadline for completion of works under the farm safety scheme.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“The deadline for improvement works to be completed under the Farm Safety Scheme is 31 August, which leaves farmers with little time to finish works designed to make their farms safer workplaces.

“A delay in approving projects and a particularly bad spell of weather have delayed projects and my worry is that many farmers will not meet the deadline for completion and be unable to avail of this important support. Níos Mó | More

Withdrawal of maternity leave directive is ‘scandalous’

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada

Speaking from Brussels today Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada said that the decision by the European Commission to withdraw the proposed directive on maternity leave represented an attack on women’s rights and equality and would ultimately impact on children.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“This proposal has been on the cards for seven years, and despite hard work by the Parliament over the last four years to break the deadlock between EU member states, negotiations were never endorsed. Níos Mó | More

Blog: Our fishing communities deserve better political representation

This article was first published in the Marine Times.

FisheriesThe fishermen of this country, their families and our coastal communities have been badly failed by successive Irish governments. Since Ireland joined the European Union, our fishing industry has been abandoned by those entrusted to protect and progress what is an extremely important sector of our indigenous economy. Instead of fighting for the best interests of fishermen and a fairer deal from Europe, our governments have been satisfied to sit back and allow the current situation to develop. Níos Mó | More

Dog owners must act responsibly to protect farm stock

15165572108_cdd2d8be2f_oSpeaking in the wake of a number of high profile dog attacks on sheep and cattle Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada called called on dog owners to act responsibly and to ensure their dogs are kupt under control and away from livestock.

“The loss of sheep in a dog attack can be both distressing and financially damaging for a farmer as we have seen in several cases recently. I understand a farmer in my own part of Cork lost seven valuable pedigree ewes and a ram as a result of a dog attack. This week a calf was attacked in Tipperary, and I’ve heard similar stories in Clare, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford. Níos Mó | More