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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Taoiseach: No conflict of interest with Coveney brothers in horsemeat scandal

Patrick Coveney: turned Greencore into one of biggest readymeal firms in Britain

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny claims there is no conflict of interest between Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney spearheading efforts to tackle the horsemeat scandal and his brother heading the latest company to be affected by it.

Patrick Coveney heads up Greencore, which has seen its share price dive this morning after British supermarket chain Asda removed products manufactured by the company from its shelves.

Greencore was the supplier of beef bolognese sauce - found to contain horsemeat - to Asda. Mr Kenny insists there is no conflict of interest between Greencore and Simon Coveney, as part of Ireland's EU presidency, leading European efforts to tackle the problem.

"No, there's not," the Taoiseach said. "This is a pan European problem now and needs to be dealt with swiftly, effectively and comprehensively and the Minister in all his actions has been acting with that objective in mind."

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