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Sinn Fein back Farm Minister over decisive response to Bluetongue threat

28 February, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the Executive endorsement of Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew's decision to suspend imports of animals from Bluetongue areas.

Mr Doherty said:

"I welcome Michelle Gildernew's decisive response to the threat to our local industry and disease free status from Bluetongue.

"This brings us into line with the rest of Ireland.

"I also very much welcome the Executive's endorsement of the Minister's strategy.

"This is a brave decision given that we are moving ahead of any EU decision on this issue.

"I also believe that the farming community will be 100% behind the Minister in taking this decisive action." ENDS

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