Radical moves sought on GLAS

One of the many top class Limousins on offer at the Athenry Mart Show Day on Tuesday.
One of the many top class Limousins on offer at the Athenry Mart Show Day on Tuesday.

OVER 8,000 farmers are still awaiting GLAS and AEOS payments with the hold-up now set to drag on into the Summer unless drastic action is taken, according to farm leaders and public representatives.

This week, Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, said that if the claims now had to be processed manually, it would be far quicker than what had gone on for the past five months.

“There is just no excuse for those hold-ups. These payments should have been made last October . . . then it was before Christmas . . . and now St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, and farmers are still waiting for their money.

“Thousands of farmers from all across the country – and many of them in the West of Ireland – really need this money to be paid out. This delay in payments is leaving them in a most stressful financial situation,” said Pat Murphy.

According to IFA National President, Joe Healy, just 300 more payments were made last week in GLAS, now leaving 5,900 waiting for payment under this scheme.

Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesman, Charlie McConalogue, said this week that between GLAS AND AEOS, there were over 8,000 farmers still waiting to get paid.

He said that a recent parliamentary reply received on March 2nd last showed that when compared with the number of farmers who were awaiting delayed payments a month earlier, a staggering 70% of the outstanding 2016 GLAS payments remain unpaid.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.