The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has launched a public consultation on the establishment of a National Food Ombudsman or Regulator.

The new Office will have a role in analysing and reporting on price and market data in Ireland.

It will also incorporate Enforcement Authority functions required by the Unfair Trading Practices Directive, which many in the farming sector hope will bring more transparency to all parts of the food supply chain.

In addition to establishing the new Office, the primary legislation may also introduce rules that go beyond those included in the UTP Directive.

The consultation can be found on and will be open until Wednesday the 26th of May 2021.

Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary told Midwest News that he is urging people across the region to have their say on what powers this office should have.