Denis Naughten has called on the Minister for Agriculture to directly intervene in the current strike by knackeries.
“Having fallen animals on water-logged land, with a deluge of rain promised, is a recipe for disaster that can only be averted by the direct intervention of the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, ” said Denis Naughten
“Calving and lambing season is unfortunately the peak time for animal losses, which is now being compounded by the series of severe weather alerts. The last thing farmers or the public need is a strike on the collection of dead animals.”
Deputy Naughten has tabled a question to the Agriculture Minister for next Thursday’s Dáil session, querying how the Department can be justified in changing a pricing structure, without advance notice, at the busiest time of the year for animal collectors.
He is also asking the Minister to lead face to face talks with the Animal Collectors Association to ensure that a collection service is operational again, without delay.