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Ferris and Ó Caolain meet Minister Coveney on beef crisis

24 January, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for agriculture, Martin Ferris and Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimghin Ó Caolain this afternoon met with agriculture minister, Simon Coveney TD, for a briefing on investigation into the contamination of burgers by horsemeat.

“They impressed on the Minister the need to act quickly and decisively in order to protect the reputation of the Irish food sector and thousands of jobs throughout the country including in Deputy O Caolain’s own constituency where much of the enquiry is focussed.

Deputy Ferris said: “We are grateful to the minister for taking the time to brief us on the investigation and we appreciate the need to allow the investigations into the source of the contamination to proceed without undue speculation.

“It is essential that the investigation is concluded quickly and that all of the findings are placed in the public realm. There are still doubts regarding the origin of the horsemeat and that needs to be dealt with in the interests of the reputation of the Irish food sector, and in order to ensure that there is no further threat to jobs.”

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