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“Debate Erupts in Limerick County Council Over Government’s Handling of Foot and Mouth Crisis”

Limerick, Ireland – In a resolution passed during the Limerick County Council meeting on Saturday, the council members addressed a communication from the Sinn Féin Executive in Dublin. The communication raised concerns and protested against the government’s actions in response to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease at Swords, Co. Dublin, which led to the destruction of the Irish cattle trade.

Chaired by Mr W. Dobbins, J.P., the meeting provided a platform for various council members to express their opinions on the matter. Mr P. Duggan voiced support for adopting the views presented in the communication, emphasizing the need to consider the protests seriously. However, the Chairman, Mr W. Dobbins, expressed confidence in the government’s response, asserting that the Department had taken the necessary steps to contain and eradicate the disease.

“I think the Department has taken the proper steps in this matter, and we will not interfere with them,” affirmed Chairman Dobbins, receiving approval with a resounding “Hear, hear” from the assembly. The Chairman further clarified his position, stating, “I do not think so. I think the proper steps have been taken to stamp out the disease. The Department pays for every beast slaughtered.”

However, not all council members shared the Chairman’s sentiments. Mr K. D. Halvey highlighted the protest in the communication, drawing attention to the dissenting views against the Department’s actions. Mr P. K. Hogan, J.P., echoed this sentiment, arguing that there might have been alternative courses of action that could have been pursued.

“There was another course to take than that adopted,” asserted Mr Hogan, implying that the government’s response might not have been the only option available. The communication from the Sinn Féin Executive, marked as read, symbolized the divergence of opinions within the council regarding the government’s handling of the foot and mouth disease outbreak.

The debate underscores the complexity of balancing public health concerns with the economic impact of stringent measures, such as the culling of livestock. The agricultural sector, particularly the cattle trade, plays a crucial role in Ireland’s economy, and any disruptions can have far-reaching consequences.

As Limerick grapples with these challenges, it remains to be seen how the government’s measures will impact local farmers and businesses. The resolution passed during the County Council meeting reflects the ongoing dialogue between local representatives and the national government. It highlights the importance of finding a balanced approach to address both health and economic concerns in the face of crises like the recent foot and mouth outbreak.

Dublin Daily Express – Monday 12 August 1912

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