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Short term poultry ban required to prevent outbreak of avian flu

7 February, 2007


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has again called on the Minister for Agriculture and Food Mary Coughlan to introduce more stringent precautionary measures to prevent an outbreak of the H5N1 virus among poultry in Ireland. Deputy Ó Caoláin, who has been in touch with poultry producers in his constituency of Cavan/Monaghan said there is great anxiety within the industry and short term measures must be introduced.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Last night in the Dáil I called on Minister Coughlan to upgrade her ban on imports of birds from Britain for shows and gatherings to an all out ban on poultry imports from Britain. This ban need only be short term giving enough time for a proper risk assessment to be carried out and the all clear to be given.

"Our priority must be to safeguard human health and the poultry industry on the island of Ireland. Haven spoken to some of the poultry producers in my own constituency it is clear that there is much anxiety within the industry and the view is that more stringent short term measures must be introduced. I therefore reiterate my call and would ask the Minister to seriously take into account the concerns of the poultry producers on this island." ENDS

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