C&D has lifted its injunctions on two farmers in County Longford.
The company has confirmed agreed to lift the High Court legal order imposed on Councillor Paraic Brady and Colm Leonard.
The injunctions were put in place after farmers protested outside the Edgeworthstown facility over beef prices during the autumn.
Farmers gathered in Dublin this week to express their anger at the Minister for Agriculture over the failure to organise a meeting of the Beef Taskforce, which was stalled last month as result of the injunctions.
It’s believed the injunctions are being lifted following a meeting between C&D and senior government Ministers.
A statement from C&D has been issued in the last few minutes:
C&D Foods Edgeworthstown, a pet food facility, was illegally blockaded in September, staff were intimidated and C&D Foods were forced to lay off 187 employees of the 612 people employed on the site.
ABP, since acquiring an interest in C&D in 2008, has invested significantly and quadrupled the activities in the site.
The blockade coincided with blockades at beef processing plants.
The blockade was led by Fine Gael Cllr Pauric Brady and Colm Leonard in conjunction with the Beef Plan Movement.
C&D Foods do not buy or process cattle and C&D Foods is financed and managed separately and independently from ABP. C&D Foods is not a member of Meat Industry Ireland.
We have an obligation to protect our employees and our business.
We sought and were granted Injunctions to allow our employees to return to work safely. We made a complaint to the Gardaí following threats made against management in relation to these injunctions.
Over the past few weeks we have met with and received assurances from the Minister for Justice and Minister for Agriculture in relation to the intimidation and threats made against management.
We understand and respect the right to picket and peacefully protest but there is no place for blockades, threats and intimidation of staff and suppliers.
The Minister for Justice has assured us that the relevant authorities will act to protect our employees, our business and uphold the rule of law.
Following these consultations and assurances we have decided to apply to strike out these injunctions.