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All sectors of rural communities must participate in revival of the West – Ferris

23 July, 2008 - by Martin Ferris TD

Speaking in Galway today ahead of meetings with representatives of Galway farmers and other rural groups this afternoon, the Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD said that it is vital that all sectors of the rural community participate in forming a strategy to ensure the economic survival and prosperity of the West.

The Kerry North TD is meeting groups as part of the process of collecting submissions for an Oireachtas Agriculture Committee report on farming and fishing in the west of Ireland. Submissions can be sent to Deputy Ferris' office in Leinster House before Friday September 19th when they will be considered by the Committee.

Deputy Ferris said: "It is particularly important at a time of crisis for both farming and fishing, that Leinster House is aware of as wide a range of views and proposals as represented by the different organisations and interests involved. Fishing is particularly in the news at the moment, but farmers are still facing a possibly disastrous WTO deal if the Mandelson Proposals are accepted.

"The further exposure to imports could have a particularly devastating impact on a county like Galway where lamb production is an important sector and with the knock on effect in processing jobs. I will be hoping that those who I meet today will contribute to the report and in that way help to energise a strategy for the prosperous future for the rural economy in the west." ENDS

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