Protesting farmers say demonstrations are about protecting rural Ireland as much as they’re about beef prices

A protesting farmer in the Shannonside region claims they’re on the picket line not just in a row over beef but in defense of rural Ireland itself.

The claim was made as the dispute which is entering its 12th day is deadlocked with Meat Industry Ireland threatening legal action to break the blockades at meat plants.

The processors’ representative body claims that the action by the Beef Plan Movement over prices has lead to hundreds of temporary staff lay-offs and the closure of 14 plants.

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Mother of five Lorna Doorley, from Scramogue in Co. Roscommon who was at the gates of Kepak in Athleague last night, said she was there not just for this generation but for those to come.

She said the protesters were staging their pickets not only as farmers but as rural dwellers making a stand for their way of life.