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Farmers Protest in Dublin over low beef prices and exclusion from talks

Farmers Protest in Dublin over low beef prices and exclusion from talks
Hundreds of Farmers from accross Ireland are arriving in Dublin Today to protest over low Beef Prices .

The protest follows the exclusion of the The Independent Farmers of Ireland group by Agriculture Minister Micheal Creed from taking part in talks around beef prices at a meeting of the Beef Taskforce last week .

The Beef Taskforce established by the Minister last autumn to resolve widespread farmer protests over low beef prices met for the second time last week with all the major retailers , meat processors and farming organisations in attendance.

The newly founded Independent Farmers of Ireland group said it was excluded from the talks despite a commitment from the Minister that it would be included if it stepped down its protests outside meat processing plants 

Speaking to Clare FM , Seamus Shannon , the National Chair of the Independent Farmers of Ireland hit out at the Minister accusing him of reneging on a commitment . 

During the dispute in 2019 , we did stand down those protests in exchange from a commitment from the minister that if we did stand down the protests we would be engaged in talks .. and we are the only group who have been excluded from those talks so the irony is not lost on people and ultimately the people are very very angry at this stage

Eddie Punch , General Secretary of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association told Clare FM that beef prices are far too low and farmers should be getting above 4 euros a kilo in current markets . 
 
Farmers throughout Autumn 2019 were paid around 3.50 , 3.55 a kilo , and even now in January despite the fact that markets are showing a significant improvement in demand for beef the price is just way too low , its not inline with whats going on out there in the markets and we in ICSA want to see that price going upwards but we want to see exactly whats going wrong , why aren't farmers getting above 4 euro a kilo in current Markets

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fair play to the farmers . they work very hard , should really be getting 10 euros a kilo , many Retailers are now using beef as a loss leader to attract customers into their store , its not on and must stop . defend our farmers and rural ireland now.
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Thank you Charlie for a great article on the plight of Irish Farmers. If we take into account the fact that Ireland's ENTRY/JOINING FEE into the ORIGINAL E E C was a forced choice between fishing and farming,fishing grounds 6 times the land mass of Ireland,largest in the E U, and a continuing destruction of Irish Farmers since then, it mearly highlights the hidden agenda and exposes the unfairness/corruptive practices of this INSANE EU. The Highway Robbery of Ireland's Fishing Stocks in € BILLIONS to this day, makes the FORCED BANKS BAILOUT BY IRISH TAXPAYERS seem like pittance.
By DESTROYING IRISH FARMING, we become totally dependent on Imported Food for our Sustainenc, ANOTHER CAP IN HAND BEGGER TO THE EU.........f.f.s, we were the ENVYING FOODBOWL OF EUROPE....if not the World.
Globally, Irish Farmers were the first to create the CO-OP because initially of weak dairy prices,way way before any PARASITES thought of an EEC,EU CARTEL. I would be honored to engage in FARMGATE ENTERPRISES to SUPPORT and GUARANTEE a Fair Price  to OUR FARMERS,for THEIR PRODUCE, FROM OUR LAND.......bring it on....A BIG WIN WIN FOR ALL
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As Usual another excellent article by Charlie! Thank You

I am somewhat of an unusual specimen (I know, said many times) in that I was born and grew up in Dublin but spent most of my youth in Wicklow.

In fact many childhood friends struggled to define my accent and I could curse like any Wicklow man. :O)

But seriously having spent most of my teens in the Wicklow mountains on my Uncle's Farm, I actually became more used to shearing and sheep dipping than any respectful Dublin Man would admit. :O) It was honestly the best times of my life and the happiest. That said, I had a first hand view point of the absolute hardship that Farmers put up with. I witnessed my Uncle (an Ox of a man) brought almost to total exhaustion, to tears and almost desperation. In the '70's I saw Farmers pour gallon after gallon of milk away, or down gullies because they couldn't get enough to keep going and would rather spill it in the ditch or Give it away to neighbours rather than sell at a loss. You see Cows have to be milked! it matters not what dispute, trouble or government decision came about!, cows still needed milking.

Grown men would milk their animals starting at 4:30 in the morning, sat down crying or hidden away afraid to admit to their wife, children or neighbours that financially they were failing or had already Failed.

I saw grown men curse the government, God, the EEC (as it was then) foreign farmers and some their own reflection. Now of course there were good times, but they were few and more often a farmer struggled JUST to make the wages, if he was lucky enough to be able to employ farm hands.

I gained the greatest and absolute respect for these Men and Women and like today they were then and are now true survivors.

SO I for one, stand firmly behind and beside the Farmers of Ireland and SUPPORT them NO MATTER WHAT!. Like everything else we are sadly losing in Ireland, I have to support our Farmers because when they are gone, IT's TOO LATE THEN!

GOD BLESS ALL FARMERS, may they ONLY & ALWAYS prosper doing what they truly love, tending to Ireland!

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its not just the beef prices , its all these carbon taxes , increased fuel and energy bills , its destroying rural ireland
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plus on top of all that the green party want to turn their land into forests with "big predators" like wolves and have a car sharing scheme whereby hundreds of rural people share 1 car between them , its mad the whole thing is comedy .
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agree mick , farmers are the backbone of this country . they deserve to be treated with respect . a fair price for all the work they put in and very long days , they've earned it
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