• The Agriculture Minister is urging "continued constructive dialogue" between those involved in the ongoing beef sector dispute.

    Michael Creed's comments come after progress was made following discussions yesterday.

    Developments were made on market transparency and the introduction of a price index, according to the Irish Farmer's Association.

    Despite twelve hours of talks at the Department of Agriculture, further talks are expected on Thursday or next Monday.

    Pat O'Toole from the Irish Farmers Journal says it is in farmers interests to see things through so a deal can be reached.

  • Fixture chaos is feared as there are no signs of a breakthrough in the stand- off between Kildare and the G-A-A.

    The Lillywhites are refusing to play their third round qualifier against Mayo at Croke Park this weekend, as they feel they should have home advantage.

    Former Disputes Resolution Authority head Jack Anderson has suggested that Kildare could mount a successful legal challenge.

    An injunction could stall the Championship and lead to a fixture pile up.

    Kildare manager Cian O'Neill is showing no signs of changing his stance, and says it's Newbridge or nowhere....

  • The Galway minors recovered from their Connacht final defeat against Mayo by beating the Leinster champions Kildare by eight points, 2-17 to 0-15.

    The Tribesmen were on fire in the penultimate game in Pearse Park on Saturday evening as they ran in goal courtesy of James McLaughlin and Nathan Grainger.

    They will play the winners of Kerry and Tyrone on the weekend of the 11th of August.

    Scorers for Galway: Tomo Culhane 0-6 (0-5f), Nathan Grainger 1-2, James McLaughlin 1-1, Daniel Cox 0-3, Warren Seoige 0-2, Evan Nolan 0-2, Daniel Cunningham 0-1

    Scorers for Kildare:Eoin Bagnell 0-5 (0-4f), Aaron Browne 0-5, Adam Conneely 0-2, Ciarán O’Brien 0-1, Aedan Boyle 0-1, PJ Cullen 0-1.

  • The beef talks in Backweston, county Kildare adjourned after more than 12 hours of discussions between the various parties in the early hours of this morning.

    The independent Chairman Michael Dowling is to circulate a document based on the proposals that were put forward.

    The talks began yesterday at 2pm and took place at the Department of Agriculture's campus. The Beef Plan Movement, IFA, ICMSA, ICSA, INHFA and Macra were all at the meeting, plus Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and officials from the Department of Agriculture.

    IFA President Joe Healy said some progress had been made on market transparency and the introduction of a price index.

    There is also a commitment to look at the market specifications that impact on price that exist in the grid.

    It is expected that the talks will re-convene on Thursday or Monday next.


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  • The Agriculture Minister is set to intervene in talks today in a bid to end the long-running dispute between farmers and factories over animal prices.

    It's after the latest round of discussions between the Beef Plan Movement, Meat Industry Ireland and farming organisations ended last night without agreement, amid reports they were on the verge of collapse.


    IFA president Joe Healy says the 30-month age limit's been a particular sticking point in these talks.

    The  meeting is scheduled with Minister Creed in Backweston, in Celbridge at 10am this morning. 

    In a statement to Midwest News, Joe Healy said with Brexit just 72 days away, strong EU and Government support is urgently required for beef farmers who are in the middle of a severe income crisis. 

    On CAP,he says, it was agreed on the need for a fully funded CAP and to protect its share of the EU Budget, and ensure that the current level of direct payments to Irish beef farmers is protected.

    On imports, Joe Healy said IFA made a major issue on the damage to the EU beef market and prices from sub-standard beef imports from outside the EU. He said it was agreed “it should be ensured that imports which do not meet the same stringent standards as EU producers are banned”.

     IFA secured a strong position for additional funding for targeted direct support for suckler cows.

     It was agreed Bord Bia will develop a beef market price index model.

     It was also agreed that an independent grocery regulator is required.

  • The Beef Plan Movement and Meat Industry Ireland are preparing to meet today, to try and break the deadlock in their dispute.

    Farmers have been protesting at processing plants over the low prices for their animals, but the action's been suspended for the talks.

    Representatives from farming organisations and the Department of Agriculture will also attend the meeting in Kildare.

    The Irish Farmers Association President is calling on retailers to attend the discussions, to outline what they'll do to help beef farmers.

    Joe Healy says farm owners put money into the pockets of shops and supermarkets.