Farm Ireland

Saturday 20 January 2018

China lifts ban on Irish beef

Enda Kenny announced the news tonight.
Enda Kenny announced the news tonight.

Philip Ryan, Political Correspondent

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has revealed China has lifted its ban on Irish beef at the Fine Gael national conference this evening.

Mr Kenny also announced a €1.45bn fund which will provide grants to farmers engaging in environmentally friendly farming.

Speaking before his party members in Castlebar Co Mayo, Mr Kenny said “too many families” in rural Ireland had not felt the benefit of the economic recovery.

However, he said the Government would focus on creating jobs in rural communities around the country.

Mr Kenny said he held a number of “high level” meetings with Chinese officials in the past year and impressed upon them the high standard of Irish beef

“I want to thank the Chinese authorities for following through on their commitments on beef access, and delivering an outcome which will pave the way for Irish beef access to China,” Mr Kenny said.

“This is a fantastic breakthrough for the Irish farming and food industry. China, with its 1.35 billion people is the biggest individual market in the world.

While China has formally lifted its ban on Irish beef, the next step will require a Chinese veterinary inspection to approve individual processing plants for export.

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Nevertheless, we should take pride in the fact that Ireland is the only European country to make this significant breakthrough in both the US and Chinese markets,” he added.

Mr Kenny also said no small school would be closed by the Government as they play a “key role” in rural communities. 

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