IFA fear communities will be wiped out following carbon emissions cut deal

The Irish Farmers’ Association say the emissions deal reached yesterday between the Government parties has the potential to wipe out certain communities around the Country.

The deal will see carbon emissions from the Agri sector reduced by 25% bringing the total reduction to 51% by the end of the decade.

Electricity emissions will also have to be reduced by 75% over the next eight years.

Tim Cullinan of the Irish Farmers’ Association, says the reduction in revenues in certain communities will be devastating:

“25% would have the potential of maybe 2 billion per year and maybe the potential loss of 25 to 30,000 jobs. This is massive. One thing that needs to be remembered here is just 30 billion a year of exports from local indigenous industry and agriculture is almost half of that. That’s how serious this is.”


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