8 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament has supported a European Parliament resolution that would see special Irish products, including Cavan Crystal, Carrickmacross and Clones Lace, receive EU protection status.

“The European Parliament is calling on the European Commission to extend EU-wide protection of geographical indications (GI) to include regionally and locally manufactured goods and handcrafted items such as the famous Carrickmacross and Clones Lace and Cavan Crystal,” Ms McGuinness explained this week.

The Fine Gael MEP, whose East constituency includes Co Monaghan, said giving a regional product “geographical indication” highlights its exclusive nature, the artisan or cultural heritage attached to it and allows those producing it to market it as a very high-end, unique product.

“Lace work and the working of beautiful crystal is really a art form and those who appreciate this particular craft skill will be very familiar with Cavan and Monaghan for its Cavan Crystal and Carrickmacross and Clones Lace.

“By giving these types of goods special protective status we can boost production locally, which is a positive for Counties Cavan and Monaghan and for all other regions with Irish products in line for this status.”

Protection of non-agricultural products at EU-level could also include Cork Crystal, Donegal Tweed, Galway Crystal, Hurleys, Newbridge Silverware, Sligo Crystal and more.

“The so-called Geographical protection already exists for agricultural or food …

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