Ferris welcomes all Ireland response to foot and mouth threat
Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has said contingency
plans to prevent the spread of foot and mouth from Britain to Ireland must
be on an All-Ireland basis. Speaking today after reports of a confirmed case
of foot and mouth in England Deputy Ferris called for urgent action and
welcomed cooperation between the two Ministers of Agriculture on the Island
to fight the spread of foot and mouth from Britain.
Deputy Ferris said, "Urgent action is required to prevent the spread of foot
and mouth disease from Britain to Ireland. It is imperative that any
contingency plans put in place are on an all-Ireland basis to protect the
whole island from any outbreak and I welcome the cooperation between both
Ministers for Agriculture on the island on this matter.
"It is also imperative that farmers from the Six Counties are not placed
under the same restrictions as farmers from Britain. This disease does not
respect any borders and our approach to fighting it must reflect that.
"This issue strengthens the case for agriculture on this island to be
administered by a single, all Ireland Department of Agriculture." ENDS