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A divided and weakened Beef Plan Movement now needs to prove it is in for the long haul

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Taking a stand: Dan Cosgrave protesting outside Kildare Chilling last August. Photo: Mark Condren

Taking a stand: Dan Cosgrave protesting outside Kildare Chilling last August. Photo: Mark Condren

Taking a stand: Dan Cosgrave protesting outside Kildare Chilling last August. Photo: Mark Condren

A year ago this week the initial protests outside meat plants by the Beef Plan Movement (BPM) started.

After protesting outside Leinster House, disgruntled drystock producers rallied around the new farming body, which over the following weeks arguably became the most powerful beef-farmer representative group in the country.

However, by the time the protests were stood down in late September the Beef Plan Movement had lost control of the membership, with a number of splinter groups forming.