Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (61)

Tom Hayes

Ceist:

61 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will allocate special funding towards the All-Ireland Sheep Shearing Championships 2004, which will be held in County Donegal in June 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3439/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture and Food)

While this Department endeavours to be as supportive as possible of important events in the agricultural calendar, the provision of financial support is exceptional and normally confined to one-off events of international significance. For national shows and competitions sufficient funds should be provided by the relevant industry interests and groups involved and through commercial sponsorship. Accordingly, there are no plans to provide funds for events such as the All-Ireland Sheep Shearing Championships in 2004.