CO COUNCIL MOTIONS CALL ON MINISTER TO ACT TO SAFEGUARD STAFFING LEVELS IN MONAGHAN FARM ADVISORY SERVICE

14 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Two motions passed by Monaghan Co Council at its June meeting called on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to act to ensure that adequate staffing levels were maintained in the Teagasc farm advisory service in Co Monaghan.

Proposals put forward by Independent councillor Paudge Connolly and the Sinn Féin grouping on the Council highlighted severe staffing cuts faced by Teagasc in the county and pointed to the current problems facing the agricultural sector as justification for Ministerial intervention.

Colr Connolly’s motion read:
“In view of current difficulties being experienced by the farming community and the serious decline in staffing levels at Teagasc, that Monaghan Co Council calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Simon Coveney TD, to ensure that adequate staffing levels are provided and maintained in Teagasc in Co Monaghan.”

The motion from the SF members was, “That this Council calls on the Minister for Agriculture and Food to take immediate action in relation to the serious decline in staffing levels at the Teagasc office in Monaghan, which will ultimately lead to a totally unsatisfactory level of service to the farming community at a time when they most need assistance.”

Colr Connolly told the meeting that farmers were going through a particularly difficult time at present, and one of the bodies they relied upon …

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