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Creed: Beef imports furore is a 'populist bandwagon'

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Agriculture Minister Michael Creed

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has slammed attacks on beef imports to Ireland as a "populist bandwagon" and warned that Irish farmers would be the biggest losers if there was a renationalisation of the EU beef market.

Over 30,000t of beef worth over €120m was imported into the country last year, according to data obtained by Fianna Fáil TD éamon ó Cuív.

Farm organisations and opposition politicians have been heavily critical of imports in recent weeks as farm-gate beef prices reduced on the back of the Covid-19 crisis.