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Reimbursement of EU Deduction Should Commence Immediately

Nov 26, 2014 | Press Releases | 0 comments

November 26th, 2014

ICSA president Patrick Kent has urged Minister Coveney to immediately commence the reimbursement of €27 million to Irish farmers.

“While we welcome the return of this money, which was deducted to establish the agricultural crisis reserve, we see no reason why it can’t be paid back at the earliest opportunity,” said Mr. Kent. “Farmers have suffered a lot of financial hardship this year and ICSA would like to see these payments made in time for Christmas.”

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