All Sides In Beef Dispute Invited To Meet Agriculture Minister This Evening

The Agriculture Minister has invited all sides in the Beef dispute to the talks table this evening.

It comes amid fears that up to 8,000 workers could be temporarily laid off at meat factories in the coming weeks.


A second round of discussions aimed at resolving the ongoing beef row were cancelled on Monday after Meat Industry Ireland pulled out on account of the ongoing protests outside meat factories.

MII has since announced that the protests have forced it to temporarily lay off 3-thousand staff at the facilities and it’s warning that a further 5,000 may follow.

There were calls last night from the IFA and Meat Industry Ireland for the Minister for Agriculture to bring all sides back to the talks table.

Minister Michael Creed has now invited all parties to meet him at his Department this evening, for separate meetings, as part of efforts to bring everyone back to the negotiations table to find a way forward.

Gort Farmer PJ Baldwin is among those protesting at the Kepak plant in Drumquin, near Ennis.

He says farmers are determined to continue their action for as long as it takes.

The issue was to the forefront of discussions at Ennis Mart yesterday.

These people told us how they feel about the whole situation.

While the Manager of Clare Marts has said negotiations simply must resume, as the future of farming become more uncertain.

Martin McNamara says the future of farming is becoming more uncertain.