No new Bord Bia staff in international offices since Brexit referendum

Fianna Fail's Agriculture and Food Spokesperson has said he's extremely concerned at the inadequate resourcing of Bord Bia's international office network.

Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has spoken out after it emerged no new staff have been hired for at the Bord Bia international offices since the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Two years on from the Brexit referendum, official data has confirmed what Deputy McConalogue has described as "the shocking level of under resourcing" of Bord Bia's international network.

No new staff have been hired at the international offices since 2016, which has caused concern over the level of "Brexit-proofing" being undertaken by the Government.

Bord Bia is responsible for promoting Irish food at home and abroad, working to open up new markets for the Irish Agrifood sector and for farmers.

Deputy McConalouge has said that "we need to be ahead of our global competitors and first in line in accessing these new markets", adding that the Government's level of prioritisation as we approach a possible "doomsday, no-deal Brexit scenario" must be questioned.