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Crossgar as Irish as Clonmel - Clarke

18 June, 2009

South Down Sinn Féin MLA Willie Clarke has criticised the Irish Farmers Association for their stance against a company from County Down receiving a contract to provide poultry to military facilities in the 26 Counties.

Speaking this morning Mr Clarke said,

“The reality is that Crossgar chickens are as Irish as Clonmel chickens and I am quite frankly disappointed by the attitude of the IFA in relation to this issue.

Crossgar Poultry, which won this particular contract, is an all-Ireland company which provides jobs and services across the island.

At this time of economic hardship we need a greater degree of support and harmonisation across Ireland in order to assist our indigenous business’. I am surprised and baffled why the IFA would seek to begrudge a fellow Irish company this contract.

I call on the IFA to reconsider their partitionist and negative position and work to assist our agricultural sector right across the country.” CRÍOCH

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