Ireland ash dieback outbreak "under control"

Ash chalara in the Republic of Ireland is "under control" Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Covene, has said.

He met his Northern Counterpart Michelle O'Neill at a joint North South Ministerial Council this week where they shared information on actions taken in both jurisdictions in relation to Chalara fraxinea.

Following the announcement on 26 October introducing an import ban on ash plants from infected areas, the minister said that; "the situation in relation to the single incidence of the disease is now under control".

Both ministers stated: "Legislation will be introduced to apply additional controls relating to the importation of ash wood. The nature of such controls would be to restrict imports from areas where the disease is present and to insist on measures to ensure that the wood is heat treated or bark-free to eliminate any risk."

Coveney said: "These controls are necessary to provide further protection to our valuable national asset and to provide assurances to the forestry sector that all the necessary steps are in place to enhance the controls that my colleague Minister Shane McEntee TD, announced last Friday."

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