Deputy Eamon Scanlon

  • A proper subsidy of 200 euro per cow is the only way that farmers are going to survive in the north west according to Sligo based Fianna Fail deputy Eamon Scanlon.

    He says his party is calling for this level of subsidy per cow and in addition he says the REPS scheme needs to be re-introduced if family farms are to survive.

    Speaking in the Dáil during this week’s debate on the beef crisis, deputy Scanlon called on the government to declare a “crisis in agriculture”.

    He says there are now thousands of cattle that need to slaughtered,and the longer the farmer is forced to wait, reduces further the price he will secure. In addition he says if there is a no deal Brexit, than the price per kilo that the farmer will get from the factory will fall further.

    He again called for the reconvening of talks among all the relevant parties as he says this dispute needs to be resolved with urgency now.

  • It's been confirmed that hundreds of young school leavers with a disability who take up training programmes this autumn are to have a special allowance axed.

    The rehabilitative training (RT) allowance, worth €31.80 a week per student, will no longer be paid to new entrants.

    It comes as the HSE is struggling with a deficit of €116m.

    The HSE says adults who are currently attending programmes will continue to receive the RT allowance until they complete their programme, however new entrants to training after September 1 will not receive the allowance.

    The issue was raised in the Dail yesterday by Sligo Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon, who called on the  Taoiseach to reconsider removing this training allowance from people with a disability -Deputy Scanlon described the decision as scandalous....