Declan Breathnach TD Louth (and East Meath)

10th September 2019

 

Breathnach calls on Minister Creed to intervene as Knackeries go on strike

 

-38 members of the Animal Collectors Association (ACA) will close today in protest-

 

Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach has said the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed needed to immediately resume talks with the Animal Collectors Association (ACA) and to address the issues facing the industry which has put many jobs at risk.

 

“There are numerous issues facing knackeries which need to be addressed urgently. I have contacted Minister Creed a number of times on these issues but to no avail. Since 2013, carcases from over 48-month-old animals cannot travel over a 125km radius of the knackery yard. This has reduced competition between rendering plants and pushed up prices.”

 

Breathnach continued “The ACA has said knackeries are running at a reduction of 81% of the original Fallen Animal Scheme. Most of these are small family run businesses who are simply not making enough money to sustain themselves. The industry has warned they don’t want to, but will have to start charging farmers more for collecting animals. The knock-on effect of this on farmers will be huge.”

 

“It is up to Minister Creed to resume talks with the ACA to resolve the issues which has put the industry on its knees.”

 

-Ends- Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie