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Donegal farmers in debt over payment delays 13.02.17

MORE than 600 farmers in Donegal are still waiting on GLAS payments and over 300 have still not received their AEOS payments which were due last year, Donegal T.D., Charlie McConalogue said today.
He urged Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to intervene to ensure payments are made to farmers as a matter of urgency.
"This is an extremely serious situation for the hundreds of farmers across Donegal who are relying on these essential payments to stay afloat.
“The delays in these payments are unprecedented and are threatening the future of farm families. Many farmers had taken out loans last year, expecting their GLAS and AEOS payments to be drawn down by the end of the year. It is now February and more than 600 farmers are still waiting to be paid – all the while having to make repayments they can scarcely afford."
Deputy Charlie McConalogue.
Former beef farmer Deputy McConalogue added: “Farmers are already under severe financial pressure as a result of price volatility and cash flow problems. These payments are badly needed, but the Minister seems oblivious to the seriousness of the situation.
“The Minister needs to stand up for these farmers instead of blaming IT glitches for the delays. We need the Minister to act to protect these vulnerable family farms."
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