Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has condemned the angry scenes which led to today’s first meeting of the Beef Market Taskforce being postponed.
There were chaotic scenes outside the Department of Agriculture, where the meeting was due to be held, as some farmers jeered and shoved representatives from Meat Industry Ireland, stopping them getting into the building.
They’re angry that not all injunctions have been lifted in respect of the beef blockades of recent months.
The ICSA says the Taskforce cannot begin its work until all legal action is ended, and its General Secretary – Eddie Punch of Cratloe – wants the Meat Industry to step back and allow the taskforce to hold its meetings
Meat Industry Ireland insists the legal threats against farmers have been dropped.