Longford TD feels incentives needed for farmers to meet emissions target

Jul 29, 2022 13:46 By Shannonside News
Longford TD feels incentives needed for farmers to meet emissions target
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A deal was reached last night to reduce emissions from the sector to 25%

The Environment Minister admits the climate doesn't have time for a 'political compromise'.

That's despite the government agreeing to a reduced carbon emissions cut for the agriculture sector, from 30 per cent to 25 per cent.

A Longford TD believes farmers will need to be given financial incentives to meet a 25% emissions cut target.


There has been criticism of the decision from both farmers and environmental experts.

Deputy Joe Flaherty told the Joe Finnegan Show that the next stage of the process is vital

"I'm very aware that idly setting targets without fully recognising, as Tim Cullinan said, the economic and social impact of these decisions, can be detrimental. So the key piece of the jigsaw is that we need to ensure there are generous financial incentives put in place for farmers and clearly set out in Budget 2023."


Blaithin Gallagher is the Green Party representative for the northwest, including County Leitrim.

She feels that while some people may be disappointed that the 30% emissions target was not agreed, the deal represents huge progress for Ireland's commitment to reducing climate change.

She believes that farmers must also be supported but there also needs to be a recognition that farmers in different parts of the country are facing unique challenges:


"Of course, people are disappointed that we didn't get the 30% and what we have to remember is that when we don't give it to the agricultural community it means that it has to go to someone else.

And as you mentioned earlier there are people are carrying the load, a huge load, in doing this.

I understand the need to protect our farmers but I think what we have to recognise is that the farming community is not a homogeneous group, the farming community, look at Longford, look at the north-west, you can't tell me those farmers are the same as down south who have industrial feed lots."

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