IFA President describes ongoing legal injunctions against two Longford farmers as ‘petty’

The President of the IFA has described a decision by C and D Pet Foods in Edgeworthstown to maintain legal injunctions against two Longford farmers as “petty.”

The first day of talks at the Beef Markets Taskforce were postponed yesterday after an angry confrontation between farmers and members of Meat Industry Ireland on their way into the talks.

The anger stemmed from ongoing legal injunctions which are being upheld against two farmers, including Longford County Councillor Paraic, Brady, who were on the picket line outside of C&D pet last month.

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In a statement to Shannonside FM, the company claims the pickets “hugely disrupted the facility”, and it was “forced to lay-off 187 employees and put another 425 jobs in jeopardy.”

They also claim that they are “financed and managed separately and independently from ABP and C & D Foods is not a member of Meat Industry Ireland.”

Speaking on the Joe Finegan Joe, Joe Healy claimed that if more pressure had been put on by the Minister, the injunctions would have been lifted :