Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Farm Safety: Discussion

Ms Norma Rohan:

There is an inheritance unit in the Department that people can contact and get that type of one-on-one, walk-through assistance. However, when it comes to women who are not familiar with the daily working of the farm, they do not know how it works with the Department. They do not know one scheme from another. As they are in grief and shock and are traumatised, some can tend to be distrustful of their circle and are not sure where to turn or to whom to turn. While the Department may have that one person, what the person is talking about makes no sense to the women, so it is not as straightforward as them just ringing up and getting an answer. Brian might wish to speak on that. He has quite a few stories about many of these women.


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