Don’t turn rural Ireland into a “deserted theme park” – that’s the message this week from Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, as the Independent TD reiterated his concerns about the possible impact of this country’s approach on climate change.
Deputy Fitzmaurice says that when it comes to climate action, farmers are prepared to put their shoulders to the wheel. However, he adds: “We cannot allow rural Ireland to be turned into a deserted theme park so it can act as a carbon sink for the rest of the country”.
The Independent TD said that farmers are willing to be proactive, but they must be compensated for their actions.
Writing in this week’s Roscommon People (Farming/Rural Living supplement) Deputy Fitzmaurice also hit out at a cut in the EU CAP budget.
Describing small family farms as “the fabric of rural Ireland”, the TD said they must be protected during what he accepts will be a transformative period for Irish agriculture.