Hugh Doyle of the Beef Plan Movement has said that the trust between the grassroots farmer and the processer in the country at present is “beyond an all-time low”.
Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1 earlier today (Monday, September 16th), Doyle said: “Factories have contracts to fill and have millions of pounds worth of meat stuck in a factory that needs to come out and then I have farmers on the other side whose businesses are going down the toilet, who can’t pay their bills.”
"A starting point"
Doyle said he is recommending this agreement — which he views as a “starting point” — to farmers.
He attended a meeting in Ballyjamesduff last night following the marathon beef talks and was told by close to 50% of the attendees that they “got nothing”.
“Farmers feel abandoned and what they want to see is tangible money. You have no idea of the frustration and the abandonment,” he stressed.
“Those farmers are honest people and are prepared to gamble their liberty; they’re prepared to go to prison.”
Doyle believes that people need to “take a step back and take some sort of middle-ground”.