CLLR Dermot Connolly with his pen of sheep at the Athenry Show and Sale.

Unquiet on the Western Front

25 per cent emissions target causing uncertainty and unease

AUGHRIM farmer and East Galway Councillor Dermot Connolly has said that those involved in agriculture in the West of Ireland face a worrying future in light of last week’s emissions target announcement.

The 25 per cent greenhouse gas emissions cut for the agricultural sector has caused much debate and division. Guidelines and a directive as to how farmers are to reach this target have yet to be announced.

“They need to release the specific details of the emissions target. We can see where we go then with the 25 per cent. There is a lot of uncertainty and unease in the West of Ireland about it,” said Cllr Connolly.

The Sinn Féin councillor also said that the Irish beef industry must be protected while Ireland is trying to attain its climate action goals.

“We have the best beef in the world. They are increasing the amount of beef produced in Brazil, but what they’re doing there is not sustainable. We are sustainable,” said Cllr Connolly ...

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