C&D Foods in Edgeworthstown wins High Court injunction against blockade

C & D Foods in Edgeworthstown has won a High Court injunction prohibiting unlawful blockades by beef protestors.

The company claims hundreds of jobs are at risk if it is forced to close the Edgeworthstown facility.

It says the blockade could result in more than 500 workers being laid off because only two of its eight production lines are currently operating.

The court was told yesterday that the company exports products to over 40 countries and directly employs 425 people, with another 185 are employed in packaging.

A blockade had been maintained outside the plant since last Saturday evening.

The action was taken against two named defendants Councillor Paraic Brady from Drumlish and Colm Leonard of Dring in Longford.

Judge Garrett Simons agreed to make the orders and the injunction was granted on an ex parte basis and will return before the High Court this Friday.