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Ferris calls on Minister to announce Sheep Maintenance Payment

26 November, 2008 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD, speaking after attending a protest organised by the IFA National Sheep Committee at the Department of Agriculture this evening called on Minister Brendan Smith to stand by his commitment announce a Sheep Maintenance Payment immediately.

Deputy Ferris said, "The Minister must back up his claims to be supporting the sheep sector by announcing that the unused CAP funds secures in Brussels last week will go to the sheep sector.

"The Minister has given a clear commitment to the sheep farmers and must announce a Sheep Maintenance Payment immediately. He should stop dragging his feet and playing politics on this issue." ENDS

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