I raised the different rates of funding provided by the Department of Agriculture to male and female applicants aged 41-55 years under the TMAS scheme and questioned whether it amounts to unlawful discrimination.
The Mercosur trade deal can be concluded by the European Commission, by-passing the people in member states and their parliaments, the Taoiseach suggested today (insofar as he answered my question).
The Taoiseach confirmed that farmers in places such as the Burren or the hen harrier areas of Slieve Aughty should not be paid less under the new agri-environment scheme, ACRES, than under its predecessor. The question remains whether anything will be done to remedy this.
Government policy is hindering our ability to develop our energy sector and meet our needs.