IFA deputy president candidate Brian Rushe
IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe said the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue must implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Department appeals system as a matter of urgency.
This review was carried and published in 2017. It includes a recommendation to establish a new appeals panel with an independent chairperson, and to include a farmer nominee.
“Farmers do not perceive the current appeals office to be sufficiently independent. While we don’t agree with everything in the review, it was widely acknowledged as being a step forward and yet it continues to sit on the shelf,” he said.
Brian Rushe said the review group was established in response to genuine concerns about the appeals system.
The review recognised the need for change, making several significant recommendations, including the establishment of an Agricultural Appeals Review Panel with an independent Chair.