Mc Conalogue claims massive underspend likely in GLASS scheme

Charlie McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said that he is shocked at the likely €377m underspend in GLAS payments.

According to new figures received by Deputy McConalogue, only €11.5m was spent on GLAS in 2015, with the average annual payment to date of €4,600.

The GLAS scheme aims to encourage farmers to promote biodiversity, protect water quality, and also to help combat climate change.

Deputy McConalogue raised the issue in the Dail last evening:

 

Responding Michael Creed, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, rejected the claims: