C&D Food applies for injunctions to be struck out

Larry Goodman. Picture: Tom Burke
Larry Goodman. Picture: Tom Burke
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

C&D Foods, the Larry Goodman-owned pet food company has said it has decided to apply to strike out two injunctions, after receiving assurances from the Ministers for Justice and Agriculture.

In a statement, C&D Foods said it was illegally blockaded in September, staff were intimidated and it was forced to lay off 187 employees of the 612 people employed on the site.

C&D Foods said it sought and was granted injunctions to allow its employees to return to work safely.

The blockade was led by Fine Gael Cllr Pauric Brady and Colm Leonard, a local carpenter, in conjunction with the Beef Plan Movement, according to the statement and the company made a complaint to the Gardaí following threats made against management in relation to these injunctions.

"Over the past few weeks we have met with and received assurances from the Minister for Justice and Minister for Agriculture in relation to the intimidation and threats made against management. We understand and respect the right to picket and peacefully protest but there is no place for blockades, threats and intimidation of staff and suppliers.

"The Minister for Justice has assured us that the relevant authorities will act to protect our employees, our business and uphold the rule of law. Following these consultations and assurances we have decided to apply to strike out these injunctions."

The statement went on to say C&D Foods does not buy or process cattle and C&D Foods is financed and managed separately and independently from ABP and C&D Foods is not a member of Meat Industry Ireland.

IFA President Joe Healy said the lifting of two court injunctions and legal threats against two farmers, Cllr Padraig Brady and Colm Leonard, was welcome.

“The Beef Taskforce needs to be convened as soon as a possible,” he said.

“What farmers are really looking for now is a price increase.  This is well overdue as shown in the new Beef Price Index and the fact that the price has increased substantially in other markets.”

ICSA president Edmond Phelan has welcomed news that C & D Foods will apply to have injunctions against two individuals struck out. “The continuation of injunctions went against the letter and the spirit of the Beef Sector Agreement and their removal will pave the way for the Beef Taskforce to meet, and this needs to happen as soon as possible,” he said.

“Valuable time has been lost and farmers have been losing money hand over fist in the meantime. It is wholly unacceptable that this matter should have been allowed to drag out for so long.”

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