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Ferris welcomes all Ireland response to foot and mouth threat

4 August, 2007

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

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