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Fury at UFU President’s outburst

26 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP has said that the President of the UFU Graham Furey should withdraw his comments attacking the Agriculture Minister and particularly comments about her pregnancy.

The party Agriculture Spokesperson said:

"Graham Furey should reflect on his unprecedented attack on the Agriculture Minster. His remarks at inaccurate, ill-conceived and do a great disservice to the farming community that he claims represent.

"It is beneath contempt that any farming official, let alone this new President of the UFU should even bring the pregnancy of the Minister into any argument.

"Michelle Gildernew has fought the corner of our farmers every step of the way, not least in Europe. If the UFU President seriously believes that a local Minister has not made a huge difference then he should look in detail at the victories achieved on behalf of farmers in Europe and with DEFRA. Would any other Minister have acted as decisively during the threat from Foot and Mouth Disease when the Minster personally intervened and demonstrated genuine leadership?

"Perhaps he personally wishes that our farmers were subjected to a Minister who would tow the British government line at every twist and turn. If that is the case he would be selling our local industry short." ENDS

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