“FARMING ON THE FLOOR”

20 September 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Farmers’ Protest Continues in Clones

Michael Fisher

“Tell them farming is on the floor and rural Ireland is on its knees.” This was the stark picture described by the dozen or so farmers protesting near the entrance to the ABP factory in Clones. They have spent days and nights over the past fortnight camped in a field and observing movements in and out of the Goodman plant. A High Court injunction remains in place served against the Beef Plan Movement and a number of named individuals to prevent any blockade of the factory or other ABP plants in Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

The beef protest has as one commentator put it become a battle for the soul of rural Ireland. At the weekend, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed appealed to the protestors to call off their pickets and to give a chance to an agreement worked out between meat processors and farming organisations including the Beef Plan movement. At the national ploughing championships in Co. Carlow, President Higgins said the beef talks agreement was “well worth building on and supporting”. A manager at the factory held a discussion with..

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