Dáil debates

Thursday, 22 November 2007

3:00 pm

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)

The Deputy may not want to listen but it is time the truth was told in the House. I sent additional unpublished information, made available to me by the Irish Farmers Journal, to the Commissioner. I followed up the matter on a number of occasions. I met the Commissioner officially at every meeting of the Council, where I have expressed reservations and asked that 25 recommendations made in the FVO report issued in March be implemented. A further mission has been undertaken, while the Commissioner met the Brazilian authorities and the Minister. I gave an undertaking to speak to the Commissioner again once he had received the report on the outcome of the mission. I was the only Minister in the European Union to express concerns on this issue and will continue to do so until I am satisfied with the outcome and the message is given by the Commissioner.


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