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Sinn Féin welcomes lifting of Beef Ban after Downing Street intervention

1 December, 2004

Commenting on the news that the British Government has announced their intention to lift the beef ban, Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Michelle Gildernew said:

" The impact of the beef ban was so great on local farmers that we raised the issue directly with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Downing Street on Monday.

" I said after that meeting that I believed that the case put to Mr Blair was irresistible and that I was hopeful of early movement in the wake of the meeting.

" I am obviously delighted that our intervention on this issue has borne fruit and it is now important that the lifting of the ban proceeds quickly and without any further delays." ENDS

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