… The picketers say their protest is a peaceful one and that they are taking this action to protect their livelihoods as beef farmers…

 

 

Protesters preventing cattle trucks from entering meat plants

 

By Conor Kane, RTE Ireland

6 Aug 2019

 

Members of the Beef Plan Movement, who are mounting pickets outside meat plants in an attempt to get better prices, say their protest will continue indefinitely.

 

Protesters are again outside several processing factories around the country and are attempting to prevent cattle trucks from entering.

 

Gardaí are maintaining a presence at some of the properties, including the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh in south Kilkenny, to ensure no trouble breaks out.

 

About 50 protesters outside the Grannagh plant said they will start to prevent other livestock trucks, such as those carrying pigs, from entering the area.

 

A large number of trucks, cars and other vehicles were parked along the side of the N25 as the stand-off continued.

 

The picketers say their protest is a peaceful one and that they are taking this action to protect their livelihoods as beef farmers.

 

Meat Industry Ireland says it will only engage in talks if the pickets are lifted.

 

Carrickshock-based farmer Jimmy O'Shea said farmers would not be protesting if they did not feel they had to.

 

"People are not prepared to take it any more," he said.

 

"They’re out in force. It's bigger and bigger...

 

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