Farmer hospitalised after incident at Beef Plan protest

Gardaí at Kilbrogan at Bandon. Picture Denis Boyle
Gardaí at Kilbrogan at Bandon. Picture Denis Boyle
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

A farmer was taken to hospital after an incident at the Beef Plan Movement's protest outside ABP Cahir yesterday.

It comes as the Beef Plan Movement scales up its protests outside beef plants around the country amid a deepening crisis in the beef sector.

The Chairman of the Group Hugh Doyle told the Farming Independent the groups Tipperary Chairman was knocked down at the protest outside ABP Cahir on Tuesday.

He also said the farmer was taken to hospital and is recovering after allegedly being struck by a jeep trying to enter the meat factory.

"We had two other incidents of a tractor and trailer driving at the picket and a lorry doing the same." The farmers, he said, are prepared to stay outside factory gates around the country for a month if necessary.

"There is a lot of frustration and aggression."

Two weeks on from the Beef Plan's protest outside Leinster House in Dublin, the group says there has been "no attempt or correspondence from the Minister or his Department".

The group has posted video of people passing their pickets and has posted them on social media, naming the individuals including farmers, vets and hauliers.

The group at Bandon handed in a list of questions to ABP management today, asking for a meeting with Meat Industry Ireland to come up with a solution to end the protest.

The document also asks how farmers are meant to make a living at €3.50/kg with animals losing €150-€200/head.

Traffic backed up at Bandon as farmers escalated their Beef Plan movement protest at Bandon on Wedensday. Picture Denis Boyle
Traffic backed up at Bandon as farmers escalated their Beef Plan movement protest at Bandon on Wedensday. Picture Denis Boyle

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