1 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Co Monaghan’s vital mushroom and poultry production sectors are facing a serious threat because of labour shortages, Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher said this week. Senator Gallagher raised the issue in the Seanad this week with Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment Damien English TD. He told the Minister of State that the labour shortage facing the mushroom industry had reached “crisis levels” and was continuing to deteriorate on a monthly basis.

An increase in imported labour was also vital for Co Monaghan poultry and meat processing industries, Senator Gallagher added. Minister of State English said his Department was conscious of the recent lengthening of timeframes for processing labour permit applications. He said the Department was taking a range of measures to clear the current backlog as quickly as possible. Senator Gallagher told the Minister of State that Monaghan’s local economy is deeply dependent on the success of the agri-food sector.

“There are data to support this. Monaghan has the highest agricultural export value per hectare outside of Dublin, made up mainly of poultry, as 52% of the country’s entire flock is located in Co Monaghan. It is also the largest producer and exporter of mushrooms in the country. “Local company Monaghan Mushrooms is the largest exporter of mushrooms in Europe and the second largest in the world. To put this in perspective, the mushroom industry has a farm gate value…

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