HC Deb 12 February 1914 vol 58 c311

asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether he is now in a position to state that after searching enquiry his brother officers are satisfied that the recent case of foot-and-mouth disease was an isolated one, and that Ireland can now be declared free from the disease?

Mr. T. W. RUSSELL (Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture, Ireland)

Searching enquiries by the Department's officers have, so far, failed to reveal any case of the disease outside the limits of the two places in County Kildare where its existence was first confirmed. Hope is accordingly entertained that the prompt and stringent action taken in the matter has succeeded in eradicating the outbreak, but it, is only prudent that there should be a further period of observation before definitely concluding that Ireland is again wholly free from the disease.