Protesting farmers stand down from Athleague picket

Protests have ceased outside Kepak in Athleague.

In a statement to Shannonside FM, the farmers and their supporters said they have stood down from the picket line to allow time for the implementation of last weekend’s agreement which they hope will reform the beef sector. The group will review the situation on a monthly basis.

Their announcement comes as a number of protests outside meat processing factories across the country come to an end with picket lines dissolving in Kilkenny, Cork and Mayo over night.

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Protesters in Clones Co. Monaghan say they will remain in place until 6pm tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile farmers in Ballymahon, Co Longford, gave notice that they would leave the blockades in the run-up to talks on the beef price proposed with the Minister for Agriculture.

Protest leader outside Kepak, Athleague, Connell Tiernan says that one of that one of the biggest factors that led to their decision was the financial strain the demonstrations had put on farmers: