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Sinn Féin MLA calls on British MOD to follow Irish lead

28 March, 2013 - by Oliver McMullan


Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has called on the British MOD to cancel the charge they have levied on the Department of Agriculture for the use of their helicopters in the present farming emergency.

His comments come after it was revealed at this morning’s DARD committee meeting in the Assembly that the British MOD are charging for the use of their helicopters while the Irish Air Corp are not.

The East Antrim MLA and Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson said:

“It appears to me that the Irish Air Corp are offering aid in the truest sense for stranded farmers, their families and their livestock while the British Ministry of Defence involvement is coming at a price

“I call on the British MOD to announce that they will cancel this charge for the use of their helicopters following in line with what the Irish Air Corp are doing in the present emergency.

“Giving aid in the present circumstances should not come at a price.”

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