Charlie McConalogue hails ‘big step forward’ in effort to get Irish beef sold in South Korea

The agriculture minister secured a commitment that Ireland’s application would be considered

Charlie McConalogue, the agriculture minister, said significant progress had been made on the trade mission to Korea. Picture: Clive Wasson

Good progress has been made in getting Irish beef on Korean supermarket shelves, the agriculture minister said yesterday on a visit to South Korea.

Charlie McConalogue said he had secured a commitment from Korean officials to progress Ireland’s application for market access at a meeting.

The key blockage over the last period of time had been getting Ireland’s application considered by the National Assembly, where the application has been for almost two years, McConalogue said.