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Ferris welcomes collapse of bad WTO deal

29 July, 2008 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has welcomed the collapse of the proposed WTO deal which would have seen the decline of Irish Agriculture. Deputy Ferris said the Government must ensure, in any future talks, that agriculture is not made the sacrificial lamb in order to secure a deal.

He said, "The proposed WTO deal, which collapsed this evening, would have had severely detrimental impact on Irish farming and for that reason I welcome its collapse.

"It is now up to the Government to ensure that, in any future talks for another deal, Irish Agriculture is safeguarded.

"Food security, consumer safety and the livelihoods of those involved in all aspects of farming and the food industry demand that the European model of farming is not effectively dismantled in order to allow access by European businesses to third country markets." ENDS

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