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Agflation is not just a 2012 problem.
On foot of a question by Dublin North TD Clare Daly about food price and agricultural inflation late last year, the minister for Agriculture & Food Simon Coveney answered:
High world prices for key food commodities affect Irish farmers, whose incomes will decline by over 20% in 2012. However, the sector remains healthy despite the temporary setbacks this year and is well placed to bounce back in 2013.
On Friday the CSO reported that Potatoes went up in price in 2012 by 30.5%. The potato in a staple food in Ireland, and a 30.5% rise in cost is far beyond normal inflation levels. So if potatoes are > 30% more expensive and farmers and growers are down 20% in income, it is time the government stepped in and stabilised food inflation, which is a double hit on the family budget on top of this governments failed economic policy of austerity.
National Hare Coursing Meeting a National Event of Animal Cruelty
January 31st 2013
It is important that during the National Hare Coursing Meeting in Clonmel, Tipperary this February that we remember the animal cruelty involved in the 3-day event.
Sustainability is a major issue but we must consider who benefits from it. The discussion is somewhat lopsided by the fact that we are straitjacketed within the Common Fisheries Policy. I agree with the Deputies who said this has been an absolute disaster for Ireland and that we must examine our fisheries completely rather than tinkering with quotas within the confines of that policy. Comparisons with Norway are appropriate as it is an example of how a country maintained control to the benefit of society as a whole.