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Bird flu pledge.

Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER

IRELAND can deal with a bird flu outbreak, the Agriculture Minister said yesterday.

Despite mounting fears that the country is unprepared, Minister Mary Coughlan said: "It can be contained and it can be dealt with.

"I signed a regulation very quickly after the Turkish outbreak that we banned importation of live birds and of feathers."

The minister added there has been an advertising campaign to raise awareness and advise people travelling abroad.

She said her department had also introduced a registrations scheme for domestic fowl.

The minister told RTE Radio 1's Today With Pat Kenny: "Vigilance is the word we are all adhering to."

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