BEEF PLAN PROTESTS ARE “CLEAR SIGNAL THAT FARMERS ARE AT BREAKING POINT” – MATT CARTHY MEP

9 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has called on Minister Creed and Meat Industry Ireland to engage urgently with farm organisations to resolve the critical situation that beef farmers are in. Carthy made his remarks as nationwide protests by the Beef Plan Movement intensify, bringing many processing factories to a halt. Over 20 demonstrations have taken place. Matt Carthy, who has visited protesting farmers in Ballyjamesduff,

Co. Cavan; Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo and Clones, Co. Monaghan, said: “The fact that farmers, during the busy Summer period, have gathered in such large numbers at sites across the state is just the most recent signal that they are at breaking point. As the protests enter their second week it is unbelievable and unacceptable that neither the Minister for Agriculture nor Meat Industry Ireland have made any real effort to engage with the farmers. “The farmers I have spoken with are very clear that they cannot afford to walk away from these protests unless they receive firm commitments that measures will be put in place to address the inequalities that…

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