Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has confirmed today that farmers in Achill who had their payments held up or withdrawn, due to a fire on their commonage, will receive their payments.

That was confirmed by Fianna Fail Councillor Paul McNamara.

On Monday Cllr McNamara made an appeal at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council attended by Minister of State John Paul Phelan.

In one case on Achill there is a 17,000 acres of unfenced commonage held by more than 500 shareholders and with about 200 active farmers and these farmers are told that if there is 20 percent burning of the commonage then all their payments will be withheld.

But Cllr McNamara argued, those farmers cannot be responsible for what they simply can’t control.

This morning Minister Creed has confirmed the farmers will receive their payments.

I wish to compliment Cllr Paul McNamara for his huge efforts on this extremely important issue for Achill farmers.