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Matt Carthy hosts meeting with North’s agriculture minister and farmers’ delegation

15 April, 2014 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy today hosted a meeting with the North’s Minister for Agriculture, Michelle O’Neill, and a delegation of farm leaders including Irish Farmers’ Association President, Eddie Downey.

Speaking in Belfast this morning, the Midlands Northwest candidate said:

“Farmers face significant challenges in the time ahead. Issues of a cross-border nature, not least around the issue of cattle trade, have emerged in recent times that require urgent address.  Processors and retailers are creating barriers to trade with unfair specification requirements which are curtailing competition and the movement of stock to key markets, including the north and Britain.

“Today’s meeting was about highlighting and looking for the support of Minister Michelle O’Neill around all these issues. The fact that the Minister was able to meet us at such short notice and that IFA President Eddie Downey was also in attendance shows the importance of the concerns raised.

“Minister Michelle O’Neill is working to resolve all of these problems and has committed to discussing these issues with Minister Simon Coveney at a meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council tomorrow.”

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