A Kerry TD says the Taoiseach should have visited the marts in Kerry before restricting them under Level 5.
Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae made the claim in the Dáil this week, as the number of calls to open farmers’ marts again grows.
Under Level 5 restrictions, sellers drop off animals, buyers are facilitated to inspect stock in pens by appointment but the bidding process will be online only.
Deputy Healy-Rae says it’s clear that no cases of the virus happened in marts.
He added that farmers obeyed the rules and the marts were run in a way that was well-controlled.
The Independent TD is asking the Taoiseach to look at the marts situation again.