meat processors

  • The HSE has resumed serial Covid-19 testing of all staff in meat processing factories.

    Siptu says there have been 1,500 cases among workers and 31 separate outbreaks in these settings.

    Last week the mass testing regime was suspended, due to an increase in suspected cases in the community.

    However, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue says the programme resumed on Monday.

  • Meat processors are in the High Court this afternoon, trying to secure a committal order to implement an injunction preventing beef farmers from blockading factories.

    Gardaí are at the scene of protests over beef prices at several meat plants, which are continuing despite the court ruling.

    The Irish Farmers Association says it's instructed its legal team to fully oppose the court application, to allow time to see if a resolution can be found.

    Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is urging protesters to reflect on the implications of the High Court injunction.

  • Dawn Meats has been granted permission to bring attachment and committal proceedings against a protester at a meat plant, back to the High Court on Friday.

    It's after farmers continued to block access to factories despite a high court injunction stopping them from protesting.

    The pickets have stemmed from a row over beef prices.

    Dawn Meats said it was forced to return to the High Court today to request the enforcement of the injunction and that similar action may be taken against further individuals.

    Injunction were also granted to Slaney Meats and Kepak banning protests at their factories.