"I want to take this opportunity to update the media on the current position in Northern Ireland in relation to Foot and Mouth Disease. As I indicated when I spoke to you at lunch time we have been carrying out investigations on a farm at Meigh in South Armagh to which we had reason to believe that sheep which had been sourced in a market at Carlisle had been brought. The sheep were imported on 19 February which was before the ban on imports from Great Britain was imposed. It had been known that animals from farms infected with Foot and Mouth Disease had passed through Carlisle market.