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