16. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the significance of the opening of the Chinese market to Irish beef, particularly in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18266/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Food Exports to China)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The recent opening of the Chinese beef market to Irish beef is hugely significant for the Irish beef industry, all along the chain from farmers through to processors and exporters. It marks the culmination of a number of years work involving my Department, the Irish Embassy in Beijing and with the close co-operation of the Chinese Ambassador in Dublin and his Embassy staff, Bord Bia, and the industry itself. 
My Department h...