Shannonside farmers reject claims they are liable for job losses at beef factories

Farmers protesting in the Shannonside region have rejected claims they are responsible for lay-offs in the beef industry.

The claim comes as Meat Industry Ireland revealed that 3,000 workers have been temporarily laid-off as protests continue outside processing plants.

The representative body says that the blockades are to blame for the job losses.

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But farmers say that the actions of the processors are responsible for the farmers being on the picket lines in the first place.

This farmer who has been protesting outside Liffey Meats in Taughmaconnell in Ballinasloe says there needs to be a major shift in attitude of processors if a breakthrough is to be made:

This lunchtime the Minister has invited all sides to individual discussions at the Department of Agriculture later in order to seek a breakthrough on the beef crisis.

Minister Creed says he’s determined to bring the parties back to the negotiation table to find a way forward.

A second round of discussions to resolve the ongoing beef row were cancelled on Monday after the Meat Industry Ireland pulled out – blaming protests outside meat factories.

Protests are continuing at C&D in Edgeworthshtown today, despite a High Court injunction being granted against two individuals, including a current Councillor last night.

Over 100 workers have been laid off at Epicom, the packaging facility adjacent to the main factory, and up to 400 more jobs could be lost by this evening according to management if the protests continue.

Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Micheal Carrigy is calling on the company to lift the injunctions in order to try and persuade farmers to remove their protests

Chair of the Beef Movement in Co. Leitrim, Brendan Barry, has said that he believes Meat Industry Ireland should know what farmers are looking for now and it’s all just a matter of sorting it out.

He has said that all the issues are solvable, if only everyone could get to the table: