IFA President Tim Cullinan said it was extraordinary to hear Taoiseach Michéal Martin dismiss an independent report by KPMG into the impact of emissions ceilings on farming as ‘scaremongering’, while the Government hasn’t yet done an economic impact assessment themselves.
Tim Cullinan said the report commissioned by the Irish Farmers Journal, and carried out by KPMG, shows what the economic impact of various sectoral emissions ceilings would be, including the 21-30 per cent range reported to be the ceiling for agriculture the Government is planning to impose.
IFA says the conclusion is that a 21 per cent emissions cut would result in 10,000 job losses, while a 30 per cent cut would result in over 56,000 job losses and reduced output of nearly €4 billion.
“We have repeatedly asked for such an exercise to be carried out by our Government, but they have refused to do so. Michéal Martin is shooting in the dark and he has no idea what the economic or social impact of these ceilings will be in rural areas,” he said.