End of further meat factory blockades welcomed

Protests have plagued the sector for weeks as farmers picket the gates of meat producing plants across Ireland over the price of beef.

Independent farmers and supporters at a protest outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/Kilkenny border (Brian Lawless/PA)
Independent farmers and supporters at a protest outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/Kilkenny border (Brian Lawless/PA)

By Rebecca Black, PA

The lifting of further blockades over beef prices has been welcomed.

Protesters outside beef factories in Cork, Waterford, Tipperary, Clare, Kilkenny and Mayo left the picket on Friday night, a few hours after farmers at ABP Cahir stood down.

Alison De Vere Hunt, who was among the protesters at Cahir, said demonstrators are “hopeful that a process has started to bring about reform”.

“We do not know what the future will hold but you can be assured we will not settle for empty promises and have no reservations in again highlighting our plight if necessary,” she added.

I think the decision by the farmers in Cahir, and indeed their supporters, to step away from the factory gates, will give us all much-needed breathing space to assess and plot a way forward that will enable farmer and factory worker to be protected and that is something I very much welcome Independent TD Mattie McGrath

Protests have plagued the sector for weeks as farmers picket the gates of meat-producing plants across Ireland over the price of beef, which is at its lowest in years.

Many farmers claim they are struggling to survive and will be forced out of business without Government intervention.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath welcomed the standing down of the protest in Cahir.

“I think the decision by the farmers in Cahir, and indeed their supporters, to step away from the factory gates, will give us all much-needed breathing space to assess and plot a way forward that will enable farmer and factory worker to be protected and that is something I very much welcome,” he said.

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