Hundreds of Farmers arrive at Dail in dispute over Beef prices and Carbon taxes
Hundreds of Farmers arrived in their Tractors at Dail Eireann today for the second day running in a dispute over beef prices and carbon taxes.
The Farmers are looking for a better price for their beef from the Irish Meat Industry and are also protesting against carbon tax increases and the decline of rural Ireland.
In August and September , a number of Independent farming groups began blockading Meat Factories accross Ireland in the hope of securing a better base price for their beef from the factories . In response , the meat industry began High Court proceedings to remove the farmers with a number of high court orders issued preventing the blockades .
In September , a deal was brokered between some of the farmers and the meat processors that would see increased bonus payments for farmers, more transparency in the industry and the setting up of a taskforce to mediate future disputes . However, there was no increase in the price paid to farmers for their beef and many of the farming groups refused to accept it including the organisers of today's protest , the Independent Farmers of Ireland group .
IFA presidential candidate John Coughlan has said the Farm Community in Ireland is fractioning and a disconnect has seeped in between the IFA and farming communities .
"A fractioning farm community is bad for farmers. A disconnect has seeped in between the IFA and those it should serve. As a result, we cannot be surprised by ongoing events."
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the government has no control over the price of beef ... "there are some things the Government controls and there are some things the Government doesn’t, and the beef price isn’t one of them . Just like the price of oil or the price of flour or the price of milk, it’s a price that is set by the market,the price that beef farmers are getting in Ireland is similar to the European average and higher than it is outside of Europe. So that is the truth of it. There isn’t anything we can do to increase the price of beef"