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Sinn Féin brings All-Ireland message to the National Ploughing Championships

27 September, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will tomorrow attend the annual National Ploughing Championships, which will be held in Grangeford, Tullow Co Carlow.

Speaking today on the eve of his visit, Mr Adams said:

"Sinn Féin seeks to listen and engage with the farming and rural communities the length and breadth of Ireland on agricultural and rural issues. Rural communities have been under sustained attack and are in serious decline. We are committed to revitalising Irish agriculture and rural communities on an All-Ireland basis. Along with my party colleagues, we will be meeting with a number of sectoral organisations to discuss and debate issues of relevance.

"The National Ploughing Championships presents our farming and rural communities with the opportunity to discuss and debate issues of relevance to the sector. Sinn Féin will continue to fight for Ireland to be designated a Genetically Modified (GM) free zone.

"Legislation and directives concerning nitrates, modulation, animal welfare, and the implementation of the CAP reforms will also be discussed. Other major issues are the continuing lack of progress in the restoration of the political institutions in the six counties, the ongoing ban on beef exports, and the failure of DARD and DAFRD to implement the agreement within the cross border ministerial council on an All Ireland animal and plant health policy.

"Sinn Féin advocates an All-Ireland strategy to ensure the sustainability of Irish agriculture and rural communities. We are prominently placed to effect real change."ENDS

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