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STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND THE MARINE SIMON COVENEY TD ON CURRENT BEEF TALKS

Speaking from China on the final day of a week long Agri-food trade promotion mission, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD said ' I have spoken to the IFA, Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and the facilitator of the discussions Michael Dowling in some detail about the outstanding issues. I've urged all sides to make progress on the current issues under discussion in this two week intensive engagement period before the Beef Forum meets again next Wednesday. All sides need a beef market with stability and certainty. I welcome the fact that the IFA and MII are sitting around the table with Michael Dowling today and urge them to use this process to make progress on an outcome that is acceptable to all sides.'

Date Released: 07 November 2014