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More protests over possible closures of Regional Veterinary labs

Foot and Mouth has now entered the debate on the possible closure of Regional labs in a review by the Department of Agriculture.

Regional Veterinary labs in Sligo, Kilkenny and Limerick are believed to be in the firing line in a review by the Department of Agriculture of its laboratory services.

It recently emerged that the Department has tasked a working group, led by Prof. Alan Reilly, and comprising senior officials with undertaking a review of its laboratory services, including both its Central Laboratory complex in Backweston, Co. Kildare and its network of Regional Laboratories in Athlone, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Sligo.

The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has said that a cost-benefit analysis will inform future decisions by his Department into the future of its Regional Laboratories.

ICSA were scheduled to meet with Department of Agriculture officials following yesterday's protest in opposition to the possible closure of the Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Coosan, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Last month a protest was held in Sligo against any attempt to close the lab at Doonally. See link below.

Speaking ahead of the meeting ICSA Westmeath chairman Dan Lynam said “We have questions as to how this ludicrous proposal could ever work. For example, should these facilities be shut down, who will cover the cost of transporting dead animals to Dublin?

"We also need to know how many of the labs, including Backweston, can facilitate lorry loads of dead animals without investment?”

Link: Sligo Today 23/2/2017