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Irish Agriculture Minister: “I am seriously concerned about this development…”

Fri 22 February 2013, 8:14pm

Tweet I haven’t been posting on every twist and turn  [Not "an isolated instance", then? - Ed] of the still unravelling story of the Europe-wide horse meat for beef scandal.  But this looks like it could be a significant development.  From the RTÉ report A processing plant in Co Tipperary has been shut down after inspectors found it […] more »

Is there an unregulated trade in horsemeat in Northern Ireland?

Mon 11 February 2013, 10:36pm

Tweet Now, here’s a thing. Mary Creagh has set some ferocious cats amongst the local pigeons [You do mean harses don't ya? - Ed]. She alone of politicians with any local interest, has been listening to the concerns of the USPCA: “The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have clear evidence of an illegal trade […] more »

Simon Coveney breaks the news of horse meat found in Newry plant…

Tue 5 February 2013, 9:38am

Tweet Last night, Simon Coveney was on Prime Time (4 minutes in) with Miriam O’Callaghan. Coveney is Agriculture Minister for the Republic but he is also chair of all the agriculture ministers across Europe just now by dint of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union. He’s clearly in a very hot seat just now, and […] more »

Simon Coveney to address the DUP…

Mon 19 November 2012, 10:39am
cropped DUP logo

Tweet And here’s a first, a Fine Gaeler, indeed a southern Minister of any description, is to address the DUP party conference for the first time ever… The rational is intesting, a commonality of interests in Europe around CAP: Diane Dodds MEP said it was important to engage with “all actors within the Common Agricultural […] more »

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