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Ferris voices support for Anti-GM Protest

22 February, 2006

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has pledged his support for those protesting outside Leinster House this afternoon against the decision to allow trials of genetically modified potatoes in County Meath. Deputy Ferris was unable to attend due to his participation in a debate on fishing legislation.

Deputy Ferris said: “I fully support the demand that the license for these trials be withdrawn. Time and time over, myself and others have pointed out the lack of scientific and economic evidence in favour of GM, and to the potential harm that GM will do both in terms of contaminating conventional crops, and to the sales of Irish food. I have also continually questioned the voting record of Irish officials on this issue at EU level and demanded that elected representatives are allowed to debate and to vote on this crucial issue. I would further like to commend those activists who continue to make this an issue and who continue to expose this Government’s abject pro-GM stance.” ENDS

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