Government will look after Carlow farmers' interests 'in event of a no deal Brexit'

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The Brexit meeting held on Monday night in Carlow was a great success, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Carlow Deputy Pat Deering, Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and Marine said: "It was my pleasure to host the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney in Carlow on Monday night for our public meeting ‘Brexit – What Next for Ireland?’

"The Tánaiste was joined by fellow speakers on the night, Joe Healy, President of the Irish Farmers Association and Rachel Doyle from The Arboretum and a member of Bord Bia.

"The well-attended event proved to be very informative with the Tánaiste impressing upon those there the vast array of preparation that has been undertaken in relation to Brexit and the on-going work at political level to ensure that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided."

He added: "The Government will continue to prepare for all scenarios and we will continue to strongly encourage businesses and citizens to do the same.

"Work in respect of options for our approach in a no deal scenario is continuing. 

"This includes the development of additional physical capacity at ports and airports should additional necessary checks and controls on imports be required in a no deal Brexit scenario.

"We are also advancing plans for permanent infrastructure which will provide for controls on a longer-term basis.

"The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is implementing the steps necessary to facilitate potentially increased Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) controls, which in turn will require staffing, infrastructural and technological requirements to be addressed at ports and airports."

"DAFM will have approx 120 additional staff trained and in place by the time the UK leaves. The HSE will have at least 68 additional Environmental Health staff trained and in place by the time the UK leaves.

"An Tánaiste also assured beef farmers in Carlow that EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, would look after their interests in the event of a no deal Brexit.

"I want to impress on all the people of Carlow, that Brexit is something this Government will not get complacent about. Though Britain has now been given an extension until October, our preparations will continue,"the Carlow TD said.

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