Over 3,000 farmers still waiting for 2016 payments – Murphy
Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has hit out at Minister Michael Creed for failing to meet his own targets of having all 2016 GLAS payments made by the end of April.
Deputy Murphy said that the latest figures obtained by Fianna Fáil through a parliamentary question revealed that nationally there are more than 3,000 farmers still waiting on their 2016 GLAS payments to be made.
“Farmers throughout the country are getting increasingly frustrated and angry at this ongoing situation. The latest figures show that a total of 576 GLAS 1 & 2 farmers in counties Galway and Roscommon are still waiting on 85% of their 2016 payment. Some 136 farmers in Co. Roscommon are still awaiting payment while 440 farmers in County Galway have also been left waiting.
“It’s not good enough and it’s simply beyond a joke at this stage. Farmers are now reporting serious cash flow issues as a result of these extensive delays. The Minister is neglecting farmers who have invested thousands of euro in the scheme and who have made plans in anticipation of these payments.”