Hackett doesn’t believe controversies have impacted Green/Fianna Fáil relationship

The Super Junior Minister at the Department of Agriculture doesn’t believe political controversies have affected the relationship between the Green Party and Fianna Fáil.

Green Party Senator Pippa Hackett was speaking following the appointment of Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue as Minister for Agriculture.

He is the third person appointed to the role since the Government was formed after the sacking of Barry Cowen and resignation of Dara Calleary.

Pippa Hackett told Agritime she is looking forward to working with the new minister and doesn’t believe the controversies have impacted the coalition:

Meanwhile, Minister Pippa Hackett is standing over controversial TB letters sent by the Department of Agriculture to farmers.

The TB Herd History Risk Statement and Reports have been heavily criticised by farming groups saying it devalues some animals and was done without any consultation.

Minister Hackett, who is an organic farmer herself, is asking farmers to engage with the process:

Elsewhere, Minister Pippa Hackett says 8,000 submissions from the public are being examined by the Department of Agriculture on the draft agricultural appeals amendment bill.

The appeals process in the forestry sector has been criticised by those within the industry as it is leading to long delays for forestry licensing and felling.