The Minister for Agriculture is being accused of sitting back and watching from the side-lines as Ireland's beef farmers sink to their knees.

Fianna Fail's spokesperson on Agriculture says the Government can't expect farmers to continue carrying losses as beef prices continue to fall.

Charlie McConalogue says Minister Creed must roll up his sleeves and tackle the frustration that has led farmers to the picket lines all this week.

The IFA says a 'sweet-heart' deal between the EU and President Trump is another example of beef farmers being sacrificed for other sectors.

The association's Livestock Chairman Angus Woods says beef imports are already seriously undermining EU and Irish beef prices and the new deal will further escalate the crisis.

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