“I am disappointed at the discriminatory attitude of the IFA to this issue.”

Previously Sinn Féin had called on the Irish Farmers’ Association “to reconsider their partitionist and negative position”, after the IFA had criticised the Irish Government for awarding a €350,000 contract to a non Bord Bia Assured chicken processing company outside the Republic [Crossgar Poultry]. Today the Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister, Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew, has accused the IFA of having a “discriminatory attitude” and has said that “[she] will be contacting Minister O’Dea to clarify his position on this matter and to ensure that all the appropriate EU regulations to this issue will be upheld.” What did the IFA say to deserve such treatment..

[IFA Deputy President] Derek Deane said “the Minister [Willie O’Dea] now has a clear understanding of the difficulties that the Government’s tendering policy is creating for Quality Assured poultry producers. He and his Cabinet colleagues must take immediate action to redress this situation and defend Irish jobs.”

IFA Poultry Chairman Ned Morrissey said “this recent decision not to support indigenous Irish business shows that the Irish Government and their officials are out of touch with the challenges of the poultry sector at this time. Surely when jobs are being lost all over the country, it is more important than ever that those in power lead by example and support indigenous production. Poultry meat in this country is produced to the highest standards and is responsible for over 2,500 jobs between production, processing and subsidiary industries.” “How can we expect retailers and food companies to give shelf space to Irish produce if our own Government does not lead by example and support Quality Assured Irish product?” he concluded.

If only we were more Enlightened..

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  • Cynic

    No wonder the Shinners are annoyed. Imagine Irish Framers making it absolutely clear that they don’t regard a Northern Ireland factory as ‘indigenous’ to Ireland.

    But it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Sure Southern voters have been sending the same message to them for years.

  • joeCanuck

    Chickens deserve poultry parity of esteem.

  • Dave

    You have to admire the guile of the British civil service who devised the GFA, and their ruthless use of statecraft for the self-serving purposes of British nationalism. They now have the muppets promoting the economy of the United Kingdom at the direct expense of the Irish economy and they have those muppets squealing that partitionist/treasonous/unpatriotic/seperatist/nationalist/pejorative-of-your-choosing to object to this siphoning of money and jobs out of the Irish economy and into the British economy, benefiting the receipts of Her Majesty’s chancellor of the exchequer and impoverishing the struggling Irish economy.

  • Driftwood

    As long as the chickens are free range…

    When apples still grow in November
    When Blossoms still bloom from each tree
    When leaves are still green in December
    It’s then that our land will be free
    I wander her hills and her valleys
    And still through my sorrow I see
    A land that has never known freedom
    And only her chickens run free

    I drink to the death of her manhood
    Those men who’d rather have died
    Than to live in the cold chains of bondage
    To bring back their rights were denied
    Oh where are you now when we need you
    What burns where the flame used to be
    Are ye gone like the snows of last winter
    And will only our chickens run free?

    How sweet is life but we’re crying
    How mellow the wine but it’s dry
    How fragrant the rose but it’s dying
    How gentle the breeze but it sighs
    What good is in youth when it’s aging
    What joy is in eyes that can’t see
    When there’s sorrow in sunshine and flowers
    And still only our chickens run free

  • dunreavynomore

    Driftwood,I just couldn’t help it.

    When apples still grow in November
    When Blossoms still bloom from each tree
    When leaves are still green in December
    It’s then that our land will be free
    I wander her hills and her valleys
    And still through my sorrow I see
    A land that has never known freedom
    And only her chickens run free
    While Gerry cries ‘cock a doodle do dee
    It’s California for me
    And all the aul arguing for yee.’

    I drink to the death of her manhood
    Those men who’d rather have died
    Than to live in the cold chains of bondage
    To bring back their rights were denied
    Oh where are you now when we need you
    What burns where the flame used to be
    Are ye gone like the snows of last winter
    And will only our chickens run free?
    While Gerry cries ‘cock a doodle do dee
    It’s California for me
    And all the aul arguing for yee.’

    How sweet is life but we’re crying
    How mellow the wine but it’s dry
    How fragrant the rose but it’s dying
    How gentle the breeze but it sighs
    What good is in youth when it’s aging
    What joy is in eyes that can’t see
    When there’s sorrow in sunshine and flowers
    And still only our chickens run free
    While Gerry cries ‘cock a doodle do dee
    It’s California for me
    And all the aul arguing for yee.’

  • UFB

    Driftood, DRNM, both those attempts are god awful shite. Please, please, PLEASE forcefully resist ant future attempts at being funny.

  • dunreavynomore

    UFB
    With my hand on my heart I hereby pledge to ‘forcefully resist ant (sic) future attempts at being funny.’

  • Dave

    I concur with UFB’s brief literary review and exhortation.

    I’d like to see some objective reports regarding how Ireland is benefiting economically from the Shinner’s incessant squealing for more of the state money to be spent in Her Majesty’s dominion of Northern Ireland. It seems that the only one gaining is the British government’s Chancellor of the Exchequer. You have the Shinner muppets squealing for more jobs from the Irish retailing industry to be transferred into the United Kingdom’s economy from the Irish economy, despite 750 million euros a year from Ireland’s failing economy already making its way into that economy (and into the city of London within 24 hrs). Not to mention their squealing for more goods to be purchased from British businesses in preference to Irish businesses, and the billions that these muppets attempted to leech from Irish taxpayers by their demands to include Her Majesty’s dominion in Ireland’s National Development Plan (complied with by the quislings in FF) or the 5,000 or so jobs they tried to leech from Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre, etc. I suspect that the only economy gaining from these leeching shenanigans is the British economy, and it is just another service that the Shinners are required to offer their masters as a means of making themselves useful to them.

  • USA

    IFA Poultry Chairman Ned Morrissey should be relieved of his post.
    Shameful comments.

  • Dave

    Yes, sweetcheecks, Irish farmers are going to sack him for promoting the Irish farming industry and not the British farming industry.

  • Dave

    By the way, the Shinner stooge is objecting because the Irish Defence Minister has given a commitment to the IFA to support “Irish companies.” Clearly, Irish companies exclude British companies and it is this that said stooge is objecting to. She is, of course, promoting British companies at the direct expense of Irish companies – and that is what she is required to do as a servant of Her Majesty’s government.

    Now, it would be sweet if she felt that Irish companies should buy from Irish companies, but since she is invoking an EU that excludes a nation from acting with a national interest in regard to procurement, she is not invoking such patriotic sentiment but is actually disclaiming it.

    In other words, she is saying that governments must not ‘discriminate’ in favour of their own national companies but must give equality of treatment to all companies irrespective of nationality.

    So that isn’t saying anything about an ‘all-Ireland’ economy other than that such sentiment that underpins it is contrary to EU law. Therefore, to follow her own logic, any sentiment that would deliver procurement purchases by the Irish government to Her Majesty’s dominion of Northern Ireland because, as these stooges wrongly proffer, the British economy is the same thing as the Irish economy is based on the very nationalist sentiment that she has disclaimed.

    Clearly then, it would be wrong to favour purchases from Northern Ireland based on such sentiments, and therefore, Northern Ireland should not be favoured.

  • Dave

    Just to return to this latest example of Shinner schizophrenia…

    This is what she squealed in her press release: “Crossgar is as Irish as Clonmel and I am disappointed at the discriminatory attitude of the IFA to this issue.”

    Now, we might suppose from this that she has regards herself as a minister in the Irish government, and that those strange civil servants around her who regard themselves as being in the employment of the British government have all gone quite mad or else some mischievous elf must keep putting LSD in their bottles of Ballygowan. No, that isn’t the example of her schizophrenia, but the quote below is:

    “I will be contacting Minister O’Dea to clarify his position on this matter and to ensure that all the appropriate EU regulations to this issue will be upheld.”

    In the former sentence, she says that the Irish government must discriminate in favour of a British company based in the British jurisdiction of Crossgar because it is actually Irish, and not British. However, in the latter sentence, she has gone from demanding that the Irish government discriminate in favour of ‘Irish’ companies to expressing absolute outrage that the Irish government should ever think of doing such a thing, pointing out that “Buy Irish” policies in public procurement are contrary to EU law.

    And indeed they are. There is an EU law in the form of the European Commission’s Public Procurement Consolidated Directive that regulates procurement by public sector bodies, declaring that these bodies must not ‘disc inmate’ in favour of indigenous businesses but rather must replace a national interest with a European national interest, allowing all companies in the EU an equal shot at the national taxpayers’ money. In effect, the government cannot ‘buy Irish’ just because it is Irish and because they feel that they should promote the Irish national interest. So, in purchasing goods (over a specific value), the government cannot consider if it should keep jobs in Ireland or awards contracts to companies who will pay their taxes in Ireland (thereby allowing the government to reclaim some of such public sector expenditure via such taxation).

    In the UK, the Northern Ireland Executive is bound by the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 which incorporate this EC Directive into UK law, so that Executive cannot ‘buy Irish’ or ‘buy British’ based on nationalist sentiments (it must be a good European and operate its public procurement policy according to the new European national interest, not the discarded British national interest).

    She can’t have it both ways: either the Irish government should discriminate in favour of ‘Irish’ goods from Crossgar or it should comply with EU law and not discriminate in favour of ‘Irish’ goods from Crossgar.

    In fact, the EU law she is invoking is only relevant precisely because Crossgar is in the United Kingdom and not in Ireland. She is claiming that the Irish government is discriminating in favour of Irish goods by its declaration that it will support “Irish companies.” She is, of course, invoking EU law to ensure that the Irish government does not buy Irish goods but buys, in the relevant case, British goods.

    Now that is political schizophrenia. 😉

  • jim

    tbf you talk some balls

  • Cynic

    Dave

    Your major failing in that is that you are applying intelligence and logic to the issue. Neither are hallmarks of that Department or our esteemed representatives.

  • Cynic

    A thought just struck me though.

    Isn’t it great that our debate on national issue politics have moved away from bombs and bullets and all the angst and pain to the cultural identity Crossgar chickens. Its quite uplifting really.

  • Rory Carr

    Surely, instead of everyone getting their feathers ruffled, congratulations are in order to Crossgar Poultry for being recognised as the producers of the finest poultry in Ireland. Having eaten their fine product on many occasions I can only say that this recognition is well deserved.