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SUZY in the CITY - IN DUBLIN: Glass giant voices fears.

Byline: SUZY JAGGER

THE latest effects of the foot-and-mouth crisis on Irish industry emerged yesterday from the Waterford Wedgwood group.

The company warned that the disease, already crippling agriculture and tourism throughout Ireland, could also hit sales of Waterford's world- famous crystal glass.

As much as 60 per cent of the 2000 sales in Ireland - worth more than pounds 40 million - were down to American visitors, and the big fear is that scares over foot-and-mouth will keep them away.

Waterford Wedgwood chief executive Redmond O'Donoghue said it was too early to say how many Americans would visit this year.

But he pointed out that this week's news of people contracting the animal virus in the United Kingdom was unlikely to go down too well in the United States.

Mr O'Donoghue said the next six to eight weeks should provide a lot of the answers on the American question.

DUBLIN'S E-Blana Internet specialists yesterday clinched a deal with the Pace company, based in Northern Ireland's Portadown, Co Armagh, to market a product capable of combating animal diseases such as foot-and- mouth.

The Eurovet system which both companies are promoting can trace animals from farm gate to the factory, and has already been used extensively on the Continent.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 27, 2001
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