beef protest

  • The ongoing blockade of the Dawn Meats facility in Ballyhaunis is continuing to prevent local sheep farmers from being able to sell their animals - according to the company.

    Dawn Meats claims the protestors are preventing vehicles from delivering sheep through the factory gates, and says the disruption is causing hardship to West of Ireland sheep farmers as their animals are now going to be out of market specification on weight and fat score when sold.

    In a statement to Midwest News, a spokesperson for Dawn Meats said it's disappointing that the protests are preventing West of Ireland sheep farmers from being able to sell their lambs.

    The statement says the actions of farmers blocking the gates are directly impacting on the livelihoods of their fellow farmers, and the hundreds of employees of the plant who have been forced out of work by the blockades.

    Dawn Meats has been forced to issue temporary lay-off notices to over 500 staff as the protests have shut down production.




  • Protests are continuing outside 14 factories today despite reports saying a consensus had been reached over the weekend.

    The Independent Farmers of Ireland (IFI) issued a statement last night saying they neither accepted nor rejected the proposals meant to end the ongoing beef dispute.


    Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed claimed all the parties in the dispute approved the agreement which will see increased prices for beef farmers and reform of the sector.


    However in a statement the IFI said, “Despite reports in the media that this document was signed off by all parties, these reports are not true.”


    The deal will only come into effect when pickets and blockades by farmers at meat factories are lifted.


    Farm organisations will now work to persuade the farmers to give up their protest.


    Farmers protesting outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis say they are not happy with the outcome of the talks as the base price wasn’t addressed.

    They say they will have a meeting outside the factory gates in Ballyhaunis tonight at 9pm to discuss their next course of action.

  • SIPTU representatives have written to Meat Industry Ireland, the body which represents processors in the industry, calling on it to ensure that union members do not suffer a financial loss because of ongoing protests by farmers at processing plants around the country.

     SIPTU Organiser, Jason Palmer, said: “The ongoing protests are causing severe difficulties for SIPTU members working at these plants. Members are facing ongoing lay-offs and loss of earnings since the commencement of these protests concerning beef production.”

    SIPTU is calling on Meat Industry Ireland, to meet with SIPTU representatives to agree compensation for its members who continue to suffer a financial loss because of the dispute.

     IPTU Organiser, Terry Bryan, told Midwest News : “our members have had to endure financial hardship as a result of the dispute between beef farmers and processors. This results in our members facing an uncertain future. The situation cannot continue. SIPTU has today written to Meat Industry Ireland seeking an urgent meeting on the matter.”