LISTEN: Farmers speak out from Kepak, Athleague and Liffey Meats, Ballinasloe

As moves towards talks between beef farmers and processors gather pace, farmers at Kepak in Athleague and Liffey Meats, Ballinasloe, have been speaking to Shannonside FM.

On Thursday’s Let’s Talk, MaryClaire spoke to Padraig O’Connor from the Roscommon Beef Plan Movement about their role in representing farmers at talks with meat processors.

Intensive talks took place all day Tuesday between farmers in Athleague and management at Kepak that resulted in a relaxing of the protest to allow a Chinese delegation visit the plant. They were conducting an audit of its systems as part of Ireland’s application to export sheep meat to China.  One of the protesting farmers, Eoghan Mullooly, spoke to MaryClaire on Wednesday about the terms of that deal and how it was reached.

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Over the weekend, MaryClaire visited farmers at both sites. Here are some of those who spoke to her from the Ballinasloe protest on Sunday night.

And with over 150 farmers attending Athleague over the weekend, it was a hot bed of activity as trucks pulled up on site. On Sunday night, Eoghan Mullooly spoke to MaryClaire, explaining that he had been there since 5am.