• The Government is being called on to do all it can to stop the new EU/South American trade deal going through.

    The Irish Farmers Association says the Mercosur deal is bad for farming communities, the environment and the consumer.

    The agreement will see 99-thousand tonnes of beef enter EU markets.

    It now needs to be approved by the European Parliament, European Council and member states before being rubber stamped.

    IFA President Joe Healy says farmers are outraged and disappointed, particularly with Brexit on the horizon.

  • The Sinn Fein motion in the Dail this afternoon calling on the government to reject / scrap the Mercosur deal has been carried by 84 votes to 46.

    Fianna Fail deputies backed the Sinn Fein motion.

    Farmers are strongly opposed to the deal because of the amount of beef that would be allowed into the EU from South America, with thousands of farmers protesting outside the Dail yesterday to highlight their concerns. Mayo, Galway, Sligo and Roscommon farmers were among the protesters.

    It remains to be seen what today’s vote will achieve.