Táiniste Responds to Deputy Michael Healy Rae’s Promptings on Mart Crisis Issues

Michael Healy Rae, TD and Táiniste Leo Varadkar have been communicating on the on-line mart sales crisis.

“Last night I received a phone call from Táiniste Leo Varadkar’s office, I was informed that my views expressed in the Dáil last week in relation to the way marts were being forced to operate under Level 5 had been taken on board, but, that the Government was NOT going to be making any changes to this for a minimum of four weeks,” – Deputy Michael Healy Rae.

No Room for Ambiguity

No ambiguity in that opening paragraph from Táiniste Leo Varadkar to Deputy Michael Healy Rae on the current on-line sales crisis in marts throughout the country

“I obviously am extremely disappointed that the Government has failed to see common sense on this issue. Unless the buyers are left in around the ring in the safe manner it was being done all along, it simply will not work with the online system,” said Deputy Michael Healy Rae.

Calls From Farmers and Marts

“I have been inundated with calls from farmers and mart managers pleading with me to try and make the Government to see sense, but, I’m afraid common sense is often very hard to come by these days.

“However, I will continue to press this matter hard over the coming days and weeks, but, for now they don’t seem to be for changing which will have a detrimental effect on the agricultural sector as a whole,” Deputy Healy Rae concluded.

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