Written Answers. - AI Service.

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asked the Minister for Agriculture the steps he is taking to ensure an adequate AI service in the north west of the country.

I am aware of the dispute between the management of the North Western Cattle Breeding Society Ltd. and the society's inseminators in regard to the provision of an AI service in the society's area.

Under the relevant legislation I have no functions in a dispute of this kind. I would however be most concerned about the consequences of a prolongation of the dispute and I would therefore urge both parties to come together as soon as possible with a view to resolving the matter.