David Whelehan

  • Spokesperson for the Beef Plan Movement says its about more than fighting for an increase in the price of cattle.

    Vice-chair of the Western Region, David Whelehan, said that the movement’s goals stretch far beyond the price of cattle.

    He cited anti-competitive practices in the industry and unfair practices as major issues for farmers that must be resolved at any beef talks or summits.

    Midwest Radio News spoke with a representative of the movement protesting outside Dawn Meats Ballyhaunis, who said the movement would not end with just an increase in beef prices.


  • Beef farmers across Ireland will refuse to trade tomorrow to protest against plans to reduce the national herd.

    This week, the Climate Change Advisory Committee recommended cutting cattle numbers by 53 per cent, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Members of the Beef Plan Movement will refuse to trade tomorrow, as a sign of protest.

    David Whelehan, one of the organisers, says the ban will apply to all co-ops, supermarkets, marts and factories.