The dispute between the Department of Agriculture and local Knackeries, which has seen knackeries across the country close their gates this week, will have major environmental and public health impacts, as well as causing extra stress for the local farming community.

That's according to Roscommon  FG Councillor Liam Callaghan.

Up to 40 knackeries across the country - including Tubbercurry-based Maloney & Matthews which covers Mayo and Sligo - closed their gates on Tuesday morning, after talks with the Department broke down the previous evening.

The knackeries claim they're working at a loss, which is no longer sustainable.

Councillor Liam Callaghan says the closures are causing great concern , as farmers have no place to dispose of dead animals, and he's calling on the Department of Agriculture to resume talks with the Animal Collectors Association as soon as possible.

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