29 May 2015
MINISTER COVENEY MUST CHALLENGE MOVE TO PUBLISH FARMERS’ CAP PAYMENTS
IFA President Eddie Downey said farmers are extremely angry that the Minister for Agriculture and the EU Commission intend to breach confidentiality in respect of their personal financial data by proceeding with the publication of individual CAP payments.
The IFA President said Minister Coveney must protect farmers’ rights and security, and challenge this unacceptable and unnecessary infringement at every level.
He said IFA has strong objections on the grounds of confidentiality, lack of proportionality and the security threat involved for farmers. He said these issues remain very serious and genuine concerns.
Eddie Downey said any person wishing to access the information should equally have to register their name, address and contact details. They should be asked to set out the purpose of their request for the information from the Department of Agriculture. The farmer whose CAP details are made available should also be advised as to who is checking his/her information.