Buses and tractors are leaving from across the West this morning, as farmers travel to Dublin for a protest outside Leinster House.

A tractorcade will converge on the city at around noon.

The farmers protest is being organised by the Individual Farmers of Ireland -  a group which emerged from the beef protests outside meat factories in recent months.

However, it is an unofficial protest and does not have the backing of the main farming representative organisations.

The organisers say farmers must be paid a fair price for their produce so they can survive, and they claim the Government must acknowledge a crisis facing rural Ireland.

Farmers will gather this morning and a tractorcade will travel towards Merrion Square just before lunchtime.


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