CO COUNCIL BACKS CALL FOR SUPPORTS FOR MUSHROOM SECTOR

6 October 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

Monaghan Co Council on Monday threw their weight behind the current campaign to have the Government introduce support measures to assist the mushroom production sector to cope with the impact in the fall in the value of Sterling and other adverse trading conditions.

The members debated and adopted a Sinn Féin urgent business motion which called on Enterprise Ireland and the Dept of Agriculture “to immediately engage with Monaghan mushroom producers for the purpose of providing essential supports aimed at addressing the severe financial losses in that section due to currency fluctuations arising from Brexit.”

Moving the motion, Sean Conlon of SF stated that due to a sitting of an Oireachtas sub-committee last week which was addressed by representatives of the IFA and local mushroom producers, facts had become known regarding the severe impact on the sector of currency fluctuations arising from the effects of Brexit. That day they had seen another fall in the value of Sterling, and continued reduction in the currency would be an ongoing severe strain on the mushroom industry sectors.
Councillor Conlon said there was a possibility of trade tariffs and taxes on businesses across the entire Twenty-Six Counties as a consequence of the EU Brexit vote to leave the European Union. Within a month or two of the Brexit outcome, a business in Tipperary had closed with the loss of 60 jobs.
The mushroom industry employed upwards …
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