SDLP slams farms minister over illegal meat raid silence

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill

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The SDLP has expressed concern that Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill did not appear in the Assembly yesterday to explain a major operation against illegal meat in south Armagh.

It was revealed on Monday that the PSNI, Department of Agriculture (DARD), the Food Standards Agency and Newry and Mourne District Council had raided premises in Forkhill and Bessbrook.

Yesterday vice-chair of the Agriculture Committee SDLP MLA Joe Byrne expressed his concern that the agriculture and health ministers had not met formally about the issue.


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