Farmers to continue C and D protest in Edgeworthstown

Farmers have agreed to continue a protest until at least Wednesday at the C and D Pet food factory in Edgeworthstown.

Farmers have maintained an overnight presence at the ABP-owned facility again after talks to resolve the ongoing beef row collapsed.

The decision came just hours after Meat Industry Ireland pulled out of proposed talks to resolve the beef crisis, citing issues over continuing blockades at factories.

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Farmers had been told last night that if they were to suspend their protest at C and D, it may open the way for talks to resume between the MII and farmers and would be considered an “act of goodwill”.

However, this proposal was rejected by the group, after two farmers who had been protesting in Ballyjamesduff addressed the crowd, and urged them not to leave the picket line.

This farmer explained to Shannonside FM why they felt it important to keep the protest going

The demonstrators were told last night that the factory had lost upwards of €300k, and that up to 300 jobs could also be at risk, if the protest was removed.

This local farmer said that they can’t be held responsible for any job losses

Fine Gael Councillor Paraic Brady was involved in trying to negotiate a resolution to the dispute is appealing for talks to resume as soon as possible

His council colleague Turlough ‘Pott’ McGovern believes farmers will stay for as long as necessary.