Taoiseach promises to raise Sligo RVL issue with minister

The Taoiseach says he will raise the threatened closure of the Regional Veterinary Lab in Sligo with the Minister for Agriculture again.

Enda Kenny was responding to a Dail query from Sligo Leitrim TD Eamon Scanlon on the future of the lab yesterday.

This was happening at the same time as a protest was staged by over 300 farmers from the North West outside the facility in Doonally.

It’s against proposals that are emerging as part of a review of the 6 labs nationwide that could see the Doonally lab close.

Yesterday’s protest heard that one of the main functions of the lab is disease diagnosis in animals and that moving animals further over to Athlone would be a health risk.

The Taoiseach appeared to agree with this view in his response to Deputy Scanlon yesterday: