€12.2m for farm safety will save lives – Deering

16th October, 2014

Fine Gael TD for Carlow/ Kilkenny, Pat Deering, has said that the €12.2 million allocated for farm safety will save lives on Irish farms. Deputy Deering was speaking after Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, announced the package as part of Budget 2015

“The €12.2 million allocated for farm safety in Budget 2015 is a very positive step and will save lives. Unfortunately farm deaths have more than doubled this year compared to the same period last year, with 22 people having lost their lives so far in 2014. Minister Coveney is taking this problem extremely seriously and it is good to see the concern about farm safety backed up by real investment.

“Grants of up to €8,000 will be awarded when farmers spend €20,000 towards making their farms safer.

“As the Scheme is being introduced under the 2007-2013 Rural Development Programme, there are very tight timelines in place to access these grants. Applications must be made by Friday 9th January and all work must be completed by Monday 31st August 2015.

“Safety features for slurry tanks, rewiring of buildings, installation of calving gates, new aeration systems, installation of mobile sheep weighing facilities or mobile sheep rollover crates are just some of the measures that will qualify for funding.

“I encourage all farmers to consider how they could make their farms safer for themselves, their families and their farm staff. This grant will go a long way towards helping them to do so and will hopefully save lives.”