Clare’s Government TDs have been criticised by the local Chair of the Beef Plan Group, for what he says is a lack of support for farmers during their ongoing dispute.
Joseph Woulfe claims farmers have had to turn to the Healy Raes in Kerry, having failed to achieve any results from contacting local representatives.
12 meat processing plants including the Kepac facility in Drumquin, near Ennis have ceased operating today, as the beef dispute rages on, and Meat Industry Ireland says the plants have started laying off staff on account of the ongoing protests.
Joseph Woulfe has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that there should now be a motion of no confidence in the Government, and that he has one message for the Minister for Agriculture.
Five beef farmers have agreed to comply with a High Court injunction stopping them blockading meat processing plants.
The farmers can continue to stage peaceful demonstrations outside Slaney Foods in Co. Wexford, but can’t blockade trucks moving in or out of the site.
Injunctions relating to farmers protesting outside Dawn Meats and ABP plants have been made permanent.
Meanwhile, the Oireachtas Agriculture committee may meet next week to discuss the ongoing beef dispute.
Chair of the Committee Pat Deering says they are considering the possibility of meeting next Wednesday.
He has asked members to submit their proposals for addressing the issues by close of business today.