Future of Sligo regional veterinary laboratory still uncertain

Department consulting with stakeholders.

Decision on future will be informed by a cost-benefit analysis.

Sligo News File Online

The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has given no undertaking that the regional veterinary laboratory in Sligo will be retained.

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed

Replying to queries, Creed said a Working Group led by Prof. Alan Reilly had been commissioned to carry out a comprehensive review of the department’s laboratories. The group had presented a report containing recommendations on:

– Oversight and co-ordination of the laboratories activities

– Re-organisation of Divisions and support functions within the Central Laboratory complex

– Options for the future development of the Regional Laboratories – with a view to improving disease investigative and surveillance capability but with the over-riding imperative of maintaining and enhancing services to farmers and

– Human resources management within the laboratories – with a focus on grading structures, career development opportunities and workforce planning.

The department is currently consulting with all relevant stakeholders, he said.

“A decision on any of these recommendations will await the outcome of this consultative process. In the case of the Regional Veterinary Laboratories, any decision will also be informed by a cost-benefit analysis of the various options that have been proposed for their future development.”