A recent statement issued by Roscommon Galway Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice on an EU spraying directive led to heated debate today.
The statement from Deputy Fitzmaurice had criticised the directive and described it as another indication of the EU “strangling the life out of small farmers”.
Leitrim councillor John McCartin took exception to the views calling them “awful nonsense” and accused the TD of “Euro sceptic scaremongering”.
Speaking on Let’s Talk today, Councillor McCartin says EU subsidies are keeping farmers on the land, rather than doing what Deputy Fitzmaurice claims.
Deputy Fitzmaurice also spoke today to defend his views, and said Irish farmers owe nothing to the EU in return for subsidies.
He also maintained that he does not object to membership of the EU, but claims there is an agenda in some sectors of it to wipe out smaller farmers.