Local Minister Darragh O’Brien TD has welcomed the strong commitment given by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, that the establishment of a National Food Ombudsman is an immediate priority.
Minister O’Brien said, “I was very glad to see Minister McConalogue, in his first week in the portfolio, give a clear commitment to establish a National Food Ombudsman as a matter of priority. I know this will be of major benefit to many of our food producers here in North County Dublin.
“It’s something which I have been raising for a number of years now and in my time in Seanad Éireann I submitted amendments to the 2014 Competition and Consumer Protection Bill seeking the establishment of an Ombudsman to oversee fairness and transparency in the agri-food industry.
“The Programme for Government commits to establishing a National Food Ombudsman which will be empowered to oversee the relationship between retailers, wholesalers and their suppliers, including the primary producer thus ensuring a more transparent and equitable food supply chain.
“A fair return for primary producers is pivotal to the long-term survival of the industry. I want food producers here in Dublin Fingal to be protected. We need to see equity and transparency in the food chain. A National Food Ombudsman will be able to oversee and enforce this and that is to be welcomed,” concluded Minister O’Brien.