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Limerick, Ireland – In a significant development, the Limerick Harbour Board convened today under the leadership of the Mayor to address concerns related to the importation of hay and straw from Ireland to England. The meeting discussed a letter received from the Department of Agriculture, shedding light on the ongoing communication with the English Department regarding restrictions linked to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

The Mayor, expressing the gravity of the situation, stated, “Of course, the whole thing is very serious for this country, and it is hoped by this meeting that Mr Russell will render every help he can in getting the restrictions removed.”

Alderman Joyce emphasized the importance of passing resolutions to open the ports of Great Britain. He highlighted his close communication with Mr Russell and the efforts being made to lift restrictions, barring a fresh outbreak of the disease.

Mr Long raised concerns about the treatment of Ireland in comparison to England, stating, “Ireland had been treated very badly in this matter, having regard to the fact that in England, cattle were allowed to be moved from one county to another when it was well known that the disease was there to some extent.”

Alderman Joyce suggested that Ireland should be granted similar facilities and stressed the need for public boards to adopt resolutions supporting the cause. He believed that such resolutions would strengthen the hands of Mr Russell and the Irish Party in their efforts to have the restrictions removed.

Mr Goodbody expressed his concern, stating, “It seemed to him a reflection on Mr Russell and Mr Redmond’s Party that public boards should be asked to pass resolutions to strengthen their hands.” He urged everyone to take their responsibilities seriously in addressing the issue.

The question of a cattle embargo holds profound significance for Ireland, and Mr Rea-1’s perceived lack of action came under scrutiny during the discussions. Alderman Joyce reiterated the need for more resolutions, believing that increased support from public boards would aid Mr Russell and the Irish Party in their campaign to have the restrictions lifted.

No immediate action was taken following the discussions, leaving the fate of Limerick and its dealings with the cattle embargo hanging in the balance. The situation underscores the complexities of navigating trade restrictions in the face of a contagious disease outbreak, and the delicate balance between safeguarding public health and ensuring economic stability. As Limerick awaits further developments, the community remains vigilant in addressing the challenges posed by the ongoing cattle embargo.

Freeman’s Journal – Tuesday 10 September 1912

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