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Sinn Féin public meeting to discuss issues affecting rural communities

24 February, 2004

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan and East Antrim representative Cllr Oliver McMullan have organised a public meeting in The Glens Hotel, Cusendall on Tuesday 24th of February at 7:30 pm to discuss the issues affecting rural communities.

This is part of a series of public meetings that have been organised by Sinn Féin throughout Ireland. Meetings have already taken place in Kerry, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Armagh.

In an open invite to everyone from throughout North and East Antrim Philip McGuigan has said:

"This is a very important public meeting. Sinn Féin has been working hard on rural issues on behalf of farming families throughout the length of Ireland. It is our intention to debate the most pertinent issues that affect the lives of people in Ireland who earn a living from the land. Some of the issues to be raised will include:

  • Common Agricultural Policy and Decoupling.
  • The agricultural status for the North of Ireland
  • Rural Development and access to the countryside
  • Environmental Concerns, including water quality and the likely of the whole of the North being designated as a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.
  • UK tagging and 'all Island' food promotion.
  • The failure of DARD in tackling major diseases like Tuberculosis and Brucellosis.
  • Fisheries - The right of Irish fishing communities to have access to and fish in the Irish box.

The Sinn Féin panel will include Pat Doherty MP MLA, head of Sinn Féin's national agricultural department, Martin Ferris TD and Cllr Gerry Mc Hugh, Sinn Féin's spokespersons on agriculture and Bairbre de Brún spokesperson on European Affairs.

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