Government Ministers express concern at world trade talks

The Tánaiste Mary Coughlan, Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith and Minister for Trade John McGuinness have said they have serious reservations about particular aspects of the WTO negotiations in relation to agriculture.

The Tánaiste Mary Coughlan, Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith and Minister for Trade John McGuinness have said they have serious reservations about particular aspects of the WTO negotiations in relation to agriculture.

In a statement the trio who have been attending the talks in Geneva said they were concerned in relation to the potential impact of the proposed deal on the EU beef market, which remains crucial for Ireland.

Earlier today the President of the Irish Farmers' Association met with the Taoiseach in Tullamore to express the concerns of farmers over the ongoing WTO talks.

Padraig Walshe has said that farmers, the food industry and rural Ireland, will be damaged if the deal that's on the table goes ahead, and he urged Brian Cowen to use his veto against the reform proposals.

The WTO talks had been due to conclude this weekend but have now been extended until Wednesday.

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