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“Foot and Mouth Concerns: Limerick Harbour Board Urges Clarification on Cattle Import Ban to Great Britain”

In a recent session at the Limerick Harbour Board, concerns were raised regarding the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in England and its impact on the importation of Irish cattle into Great Britain. Mr James Quin, J.P., emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating that the order against importing Irish cattle was a matter of utmost importance for Ireland.

According to Mr Quin, the letter from Mr Russell failed to provide sufficient reasons for the halt in the transportation of Irish cattle into Great Britain. He called attention to the need for a clearer understanding of the situation and its implications for the Irish agricultural sector.

Mr J. Ellis Goodbody, while acknowledging the significance of the matter, expressed reservations about the Board taking unilateral action. He highlighted that any steps taken by the Board would be redundant unless they could present compelling facts to alter the current situation.

The discussions underscored the complexity of the issue and the challenges faced by the Limerick Harbour Board in navigating the restrictions imposed due to the foot and mouth disease outbreak in England. The Board recognized the importance of the matter but ultimately deferred any decisions to the Department of Agriculture.

The concern over the importation of Irish cattle arises against the backdrop of heightened biosecurity measures prompted by the foot and mouth disease, a highly contagious viral infection affecting cloven-hoofed animals. The outbreak in England has led to stringent measures to prevent the spread of the disease, including restrictions on the movement of livestock.

The implications for Irish farmers and the broader agricultural community are significant, given the close ties between Ireland and Great Britain in terms of trade and commerce. The Limerick Harbour Board’s discussion reflects the broader national concern about the potential economic impact and challenges faced by the agricultural sector in light of these restrictions.

As stakeholders await further guidance from the Department of Agriculture, the situation underscores the delicate balance between ensuring public safety and maintaining essential economic activities. The Limerick Harbour Board’s decision to defer to the Department reflects a recognition of the need for a coordinated and evidence-based approach to address the challenges posed by the foot and mouth disease outbreak.

In the coming weeks, stakeholders will closely monitor developments and await updates from authorities on potential changes to the importation restrictions. The outcome will have far-reaching consequences for Irish farmers, the livestock industry, and the overall economic landscape, making it a matter of keen interest not only for Limerick but for the entire nation.

Dublin Daily Express – Tuesday 02 July 1912

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