17 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Intensive talks to try to reach a settlement between beef farmers and meat producers over factory prices are set to resume within the next week. The discussions set up by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed TD under an independent Chair Michael Dowling began on Monday and lasted for twelve hours until the early hours of Tuesday morning. They were held at the Backweston laboratory complex of the Department for Agriculture at Celbridge in Co. Kildare.

In a statement Minister Creed noted the progress made overnight, thanked participants, and urged continued constructive dialogue in the coming days. PROTESTS CALLED OFF The talks were set up against a backdrop of a series of protests the previous week by farmers from the Beef Plan Movement. They staged pickets at factory gates across the country, including the ABP plant in Clones, where they were joined by MEP Matt Carthy. This led to Meat Industry Ireland threatening legal action against Beef Plan members.

The MII said it accepted the Minister’s invitation to attend the meeting “despite the serious intimidation and outright illegality its members have faced over the past twelve days of the….

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