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Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Michelle Gildernew, outlines maternity arrangements.

7 October, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA, has outlined her arrangements as Minister covering her maternity leave.

Speaking today Ms Gildernew said:

"Over the period of my maternity leave I will still maintain legal authority for the ministry. I will be briefed once a week for a half a day a week by advisers who will be travelling to my private office in Loughrey and at these meetings I will also be able to sign off on any papers.

"In my absence however issues will be dealt with by a selection of substitute Sinn Féin Ministers who will be filling in on my Ministerial duties and engagements so I know the departments responsibilities re in good hands.

"All in all though I

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