The Department of Agriculture was " slow in responding to the present fodder crisis". This was admitted yesterday by the Minister of State at the Dept of Housing Planning and Local Government, John Paul Phelan when he attended yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo county council.
Minister Phelan was in Aras an Chontae to address the councillors on developments within his own department, issues related to housing , planning and local government, but was in his own words somewhat “ambushed” by councillors who took the opportunity to discuss the national fodder crisis with him.
At the start of yesterday’s meeting Fianna Fail councillor Damien Ryan called for standing orders to be suspended to allow debate on the fodder crisis and his proposal was supported by the councillors present.
Close to 30 councillors then gave their view of the crisis and possible solutions to it, to and asked Minister Phelan to have their views conveyed to Minister Creed.
In response to the councillors’ contributions, Minister Phelan, a Kilkenny native, agreed that the impact of the fodder shortage was nationwide and severe and said the weather is dictating the problem and how long it will now remain a problem. He did admit however, that in his opinion, the dept of Agriculture was slow in responding to the crisis.