Speaking in Dublin today after a meeting of the party’s elected representatives, Sinn Féin Michelle O’Neill MLA, who is the North’s agriculture and rural affairs minister and Martin Ferris TD, spokesperson on agriculture, food and the marine, reiterated their commitment to working towards a solution to the issue of nomadic cattle.
Michelle O’Neill said;
“The way forward for the beef sector is to seek an all-island label, Irish beef.
“Nomad cattle, from the South, can be sold directly to abattoirs in the North but a price penalty is being applied, because some customer specifications do not allow for the cattle to have spent time in more than one jurisdiction.
“The consequences of this is that buyers from the North are not coming South. We have to act together to protect our cross border trade. It is surely an anomaly that we have free trade within the EU, but not on our own island.
Martin Ferris TD added;
“Sinn Féin’s TDs, MLAs and MEPs are committed to finding a solution to this problem which is damaging trade in marts and for producers, particularly in the West and along the border.”