There are renewed fears for the future of the veterinary laboratory at Dunally, outside Sligo.
The fears first emerged last Spring with reports that a review of the Department of Agriculture’s laboratory services would recommend the closing of three laboratories in Sligo, Kilkenny and Limerick.
Regional laboratories carry out post mortems and test samples of specimens such as blood, milk and faeces.
They also carry out surveillance for disease in livestock.
The Veterinary Officers Association has already says the closure of three laboratories could have ‘catastrophic consequences’ for the agri-food sector.
Today, Kevin Comiskey, chairman of the Leitrim IFA sheep committee, says a new report, issued just before Christmas, has raised new fears again that the Sligo laboratory might be closed.