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EPA decision on GM crops flies in the face of local democracy - Reilly

5 May, 2006

Meath West Sinn Féin candidate for the general election Councillor Joe Reilly has slammed the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency to grant permission to German company BASF to grow a crop of genetically modified potatoes at Summerhill in County Meath. Councillor Reilly said the decision flies in the face of local democracy as the two neighbouring Council areas, both of whom have voted to declare their areas GM free, will now be exposed to GM crops.

Councillor Reilly said, “The decision of the EPA is an absolute disgrace and flies in the face of local democracy. The two neighbouring local authorities to Summerhill, Cavan County Council and Navan Town Council, have both democratically declared their areas GM free and will now be exposed to GM crops through the risk of cross contamination. Once again a statutory body in this state has sided with the multi national corporations against the expressed wishes and the best interests of the people.

“The issue of GM crops is due to be discussed at the Meath County Council meeting on Monday evening and I will be expressing my outrage at this decision and calling on other councillors to support the GM free group that have been lobbying strongly against this decision lately. I am also calling on the progressive farmers and farming organisations to express their opposition to GM crops as it is not in the interest of the agricultural sectors. The people who will benefit from this is the multi national corporation.” ENDS

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