Minister Creed needs to immediately review the situation where commonage farmers in Achill are having their payments delayed because of a fire that occurred on the mountain on the island last summer.
Achill based Fianna Fail councillor Paul McNamara made the appeal at the monthly meeting of Mayo county council this week attended by Minister of State John Paul Phelan.
He described the impact on farmers having their payments held up or withdrawn, when a fire occurs on commonage that is open and accessible to the general public.
In one case on Achill there is a 17,000 acres of unfenced commonage held by more than 500 shareholders and with about 200 active farmers and these farmers are told that if there is 20 percent burning of the commonage then all their payments will be withheld.
But he argued, those farmers cannot be responsible for what they simply can’t control.