Doherty Criticises Government Failure to Support Livestock Marts Struggling over Crippling Cost of Insurance

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has again criticised the Government over its ongoing failure to take seriously the spiralling cost of insurance premiums for livestock marts operating here.

The Donegal TD’s comments come following the sad closure of Mountrath Mart in Co. Laois which last week closed its doors after some 51 years trading.

Addressing the Taoiseach in the Dáil this afternoon, Teachta Doherty said:

“Taoiseach, 18 months ago in a debate in this House I raised the issue of the rip off cost of mart insurance.

“At the time the Minister of State Michael D’arcy did what the Minister usually does when he referred to the insurance industry and it telling him that there was no issue.

“But clearly there is an issue and we’ve now had another mart close down as a result of insurance costs.

“Four years in a row, despite being in operation for fifty one years in Laois, they’ve seen an increase in their mart premiums.

“This is raising serious concerns about the sustainability of marts right across the country.

“You have to acknowledge that your plan is not working, and I am asking for serious measures and action from the Minister.

“The Minister needs to meet with mart managers and operators and listen to their concerns and the proposals that they have and I am asking that you take that action now.”