Motorsport: Minister praises decision to cancel Donegal rallies

Minister for Tourism and Sport, Dr. James McDaid, has praised the decision of the Donegal Motor Club to cancel two rallies due to be held in the coming

Minister for Tourism and Sport, Dr. James McDaid, has praised the decision of the Donegal Motor Club to cancel two rallies due to be held in the coming

months.

The Donegal organisers, who also cancelled their International Rally last June, took the decision to cancel the Inishowen Gateway Hotel Harvest Rally (October 13th) and the Donegal Mini Stages Rally (December 8th) on the basis of recent concerns expressed by Mr. Joe Walsh, Minister for Agriculture, regarding the possible re-emergence of the foot-and-mouth virus in Ireland.

Dr. McDaid said: "I fully support the decision taken by the Donegal Motor Club, we certainly have to be vigilant in view of the current situation in the UK.

The Donegal Motor Club has acted very responsibly and know exactly what they are doing.

Meanwhile, George O’Hagan of the Donegal branch of the IFA remarked: "We recognise the disappointment of having to cancel the events, but we in the IFA deeply appreciate the consideration for the farming community being shown by the Donegal Motor Club again."

The West 2001 Rally (Galway) has also now been cancelled.

A decision on other rallies is likely to be made tomorrow night at a meeting of the Motorsport Commission, the ruling council of Motorsport Ireland.

The Donegal cancellations add to events like the Cork '20' International, the Aer Lingus Single Stage, the Marine Hotel Fastnet Rally, the Birr Forestry Rally

and the Killarney Historic Rally, all which were cancelled by the organising clubs.

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