Chairman of Donegal ICMSA, James O’Donnell, has warmly welcomed the confirmation given by Minister Varadkar that a derogation is to be allowed from the 4.65 meter vehicle height restriction for the haulage of hay and straw.
He said the specialist dairy farmers’ organisation has been pursuing this issue for some time and were delighted that he has agreed to this derogation.
“ICMSA had always felt that the 4.65 metres limit would have pointlessly increased costs considerably for farmers in the transportation of straw, hay and haylage across the country and also created logistical and financial difficulties for the importation of forages.”
The Manorcunningham farmer said that the minister’s decision is “precisely the kind of practical and rational response from Government that we need more of” and should follow this up by ensuring that the Statutory Instrument is signed into law.
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