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·         McDonald's closure 'big blow' to Irish beef sector, says IFA

It was announced yesterday evening that McDonald’s will be closed from today.

 

·         Huge queues at Devon McDonald’s following closure announcement

People are rushing to get their final orders before the store temporarily closes

 

 

McDonald's closure 'big blow' to Irish beef sector, says IFA

It was announced yesterday evening that McDonald’s will be closed from today.

 

The Journal (Ireland)

Mar 23, 2020

 

THE CLOSURE OF all McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland and the UK will be a “big blow” to the Irish beef sector, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said.

 

All McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland and the UK will be closed from 7pm this evening at the latest due to Covid-19, it was announced yesterday evening.

 

McDonald’s is the largest purchaser of Irish beef annually. One in five McDonald’s burgers sold in Europe is of Irish origin and the company says it buys from 18,000 Irish farms.

 

The IFA said McDonald’s closure is a “big blow to the sector”.

 

It said the impact on the sector in food service closures “has been mitigated by an increase in retail demand”.

 

IFA President Tim Cullinan wrote to the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, last week regarding support for the EU beef market due to the impact of Covid-19...

 

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https://www.thejournal.ie/mcdonalds-irish-farmers-ifa-5054719-Mar2020/

 

 

Huge queues at Devon McDonald’s following closure announcement

People are rushing to get their final orders before the store temporarily closes

 

ByJoel Cooper, DevonLive.com (UK)

Mar 23, 2020

 

There are enormous queues at a Devon branch of McDonald’s following their announcement to close yesterday.

 

These picture show the scene at the Newton Abbot fast food restaurant with cars queueing out of the car park to get their final burger and fries.

 

Originally the chain had banned restaurant dining to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, with all orders being made either through the drive-thru or takeaway.

 

However, following a statement made on the 22nd of March the popular chain announced that at 7pm on Monday 23rd of March they will be closing all UK and Ireland branches.

 

Unsure as to when they will be reopening any time soon, members of the public have rushed to their nearest McDonald’s to have one more ‘final’ takeaway from the chain.

 

This has led to a huge queue in the Newton Abbot branch located by Penn Inn Roundabout.

 

Queuing time is around 25-30 minutes and the line goes outside of the car park and continues onto Keyberry Road near the traffic lights.

 

The line continued to be growing and many customers were honking their car horns in frustration.

 

In a statement from Paul Pomroy the Chief Executive Officer, he said:

 

more, including photos

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/mcdonalds-newton-abbot-queues-coronavirus-3974504