With reports coming in from members across the country in relation to considerable structural damage to farm buildings and related structures, the President of ICMSA has said that any farm inspections will have to take account of the scale of the damage caused and no penalties should be applied for issues resulting directly from the effects of Storm Emma. Pat McCormack said the time-frame to repair damage caused by the storm will vary from days to possibly over a year and the inspection regime will have to take full account of that reality.
The ICMSA President said that that farmers are already in the busiest part of their year with cows calving and any repairs to structural damage are likely to be short-term measures until insurance claims can be dealt with and farmers have sufficient time to put permanent solutions in place. For some farmers whose sheds have collapsed, it could take in excess of a year to get fully ‘up-and-running’ again and ICMSA is very clearly stating that the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine must instruct its inspectors over the coming months and year to take account of specific Storm Emma damage and rule out penalties being applied in such cases. Mr McCormack said there is also a clear responsibility on the insurance companies to process and pay claims as quickly as possible.
“Farmers who already have a huge workload at present are going to come under additional pressures in the coming days and weeks relating to the consequences of the storm and the very last thing they need are inspections and penalties arising for issues that are effectively out of their control. Farmers must be given sufficient time to address such issues in a safe way and the Department inspection regime must facilitate this”, he concluded.
Ends 5 March 2018
Pat McCormack, 087-7608958
Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758
ICMSA Press Office