Department officials called on to address Oireachtas committee on vet labs

Officials from the Department of Agriculture have been called to address the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture tomorrow on the future of the 6 Regional Vet Labs around the country.

A recent review has suggested that the lab in Doonally in Sligo could be one of three to close to save money.

However, a major protest was held by farmers against such a move in the last two weeks.

Farmers in this region say it would be a huge blow for this region and could lead to a much higher chance of the spread of disease in farm animals as they would have to bring their animals all the way to Athlone for testing or for post-mortems.

Fianna Fail spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue says he intends to quiz the officials on what exactly is being considered.

He says it’s extremely important for farmers right across the North West: