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McMullan calls for all-Ireland action to help sheep farmers

20 May, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said urgent action is needed to help sheep farmers struggling with falling lamb prices. 

The East Antrim MLA said; 

"Sheep farmers have been voicing concerns about the falling price of lamb as a result of EU labelling regulations. 

"This week I met with representatives of the National Sheep Association who made a presentation to the agriculture committee expressing their concern about the price of lamb, which has fallen by as much as £20 per head.

"I proposed an immediate meeting with our counterparts in the Dáil to discuss voluntary labelling to help the sheep farmers. 

"Unionist members of the committee voted against the proposal and SDLP members abstained claiming that a meeting between the two committees has been scheduled for September. 

"I believe this issue is too important to wait until September and that view is shared by the representatives of the National Sheep Association. 

"We need an urgent meeting of both committees and I will be in touch with my colleagues in Dublin to take this matter further."

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