Dept officials to come before Oireachtas committee on Regional Vet Lab review

The Oireachtas Agriculture Committee is to quiz department officials this week on an ongoing review of the Regional Vet Labs around the country.

There are presently 6 labs nationwide and three of these including the one in Doonally in Sligo are recommended for closure as part of a review commissioned by the Department of Agriculture.

Farmers 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.

Farmers would have to bring animals to Athlone for testing or for post-mortems if the lab in Doonally in Sligo was to close.

Fianna Fail spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has called for officials to come before the committee tomorrow: