beef protests

  • Two farming organisations - the IFA and the INHFA - are today calling on farmers to lift the pickets at factory gates, and give a chance to the deal hammered out over the weekend.

    Up to 300 farmers attended a rally outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis last night, where it was generally agreed that the beef deal brokered over the weekend would deliver extra bonuses and see the establishment of a beef market taskforce involving all stakeholders.

    However, farmers are still holding out for a higher base price for their cattle, and are vowing to continue to protest on this issue.

     

    Colm O'Donnell,President of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association believes the beef agreement has the potential to deliver for beef farmers, but he claims farmers should end their protests now, or face losing what they've achieved over the past number of weeks.

     

    The Galway-based  IFA President Joe Healy is also urging farmers to end the blockades and give the deal hammered out at the weekend a chance.

     

     

  • The Minister for Agriculture has written an open letter to protesting beef farmers asking them to stop their blockades of meat factories.

    It comes after farming organisations widely supported recommendations made at the weekend following talks between all sides in the dispute.

    In his letter, Minister Micheal Creed says the agreement is a compromise and nobody got everything they wanted from the weekend talks.

    He adds that many farmers simply wanted an immediate price increase but it was not legally possible to have that option on the table.

    Minister Creed says bonuses have been agreed on and an independent chairperson on the new Beef market taskforce will help implement all the proposals

    He ends by saying everyone has a responsibility  - including protesting farmers who hold the future of the sector in their own hands

  • Protests at meat factories across the country have entered their second week.

    Gardaí were called to a number of sites over the weekend, as tensions remain high over beef prices.

    Meat Industry Ireland has said more than a dozen sites have stopped operating, and staff have been laid off since the pickets began.

    A farmer at Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis has been telling Midwest News this morning that they're not going to give up anytime soon.

  • Restaurants are warning that beef could be off the menu on half of Irish restaurants from next week, as a result of the ongoing dispute between farmers and factories.

    Beef processors - including Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis - have laid off hundreds of staff as a result of blockades at plants around the country.

    CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins is warning that, if blockades aren't lifted soon, some restaurants won't be able to serve beef due to 'zero supply.'

    The ongoing dispute was debated in the Dáil last night in its first sitting of the new term.

    The Taoiseach called for protests to end and for farmers to sign up to the deal on the table since Sunday.

    As the Government came under pressure to do more to resolve the dispute, Leo Varadkar again stressed that the Government cannot intervene to address falling beef prices:

  • Twelve meat processing plants have stopped operating and started laying off staff because of the ongoing beef protests.

    The protests are continuing at some sites across the country, despite a number of High Court injunctions being in place.

    Meat Industry Ireland says the ongoing protests have led some processing plants to lay-off staff and warns more jobs could be lost if the blockades continue.

    It also says the sector as a whole is being damaged, with customers of these plants being forced to get their fresh beef from other countries.

    The group says it's the last thing the industry needs ahead of a potential no deal Brexit and is calling on the protesters to stop protesting immediately.

    Five processing plants have already been granted injunctions ordering the farmers involved to stop their demonstrations.

    Later this morning, the High Court will deal with injunctions already granted to ABP and Dawn Meats.

    The Irish Farmers Association says it's completely opposed to attempts bring farmers before the courts and to threaten them with prison.

     

  • Up to 300 farmers attended a rally in Ballyhaunis last night to discuss the weekend beef agreement.

    Representatives from  the Beef Plan movement and the INHFA addressed the rally, along with independent farmers.

    The general consensus was that local farmers were happy with many of the recommendations made at the weekend, until it comes to the issue of base price, which could not be discussed around the table due to competition law.

    Independent farmers agreed to continue protests outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis while negotiations continue with local management on a base price farmers can accept.

    A new beef producers' group is also being set up to negotiate on farmers' behalf with the meat plants.