The Beef Plan Movement negotiating team have met with Fianna Fáil, People Before Profit and have scheduled a meeting with the Green Party this week, as part of their continued efforts to lobby for beef farmers across Ireland.
Last week, some 3,000 of its members took to the streets of Dublin to highlight their concerns about the future facing rural Ireland and farming communities and the potential impact of the proposed EU-Mercosur Deal.
The protesters handed in a letter to the Government demanding greater transparency in the beef industry and highlighted the “profit that retailers and meat factories are making out of beef while farmers' incomes are on the floor.”
“The Government have shown little if no proactive willingness to engage with the beef farmers of Ireland, and indeed were noticeably absent on the day of the protest.”
A spokesperson for Beef Plan commented that “our door still remains firmly open to engage with the Government.”
The Beef Plan Movement consider their protest to be a success in highlighting their plight.
They would like to extend their thanks to their support groups, the farmers of Ireland and their supporters for turning out in such numbers, and An Garda Síochána and volunteer stewards for their management of the protest on the day to ensure the safety of the general public.
Beef Plan is amassing cross-party support for the situation on small family farms across Ireland.
Notwithstanding that they have gained the support of other farmer groups including Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA), the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA), the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA), Irish Farm and Forestry Association (IFFA), grain growers as well as individual members from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and breed societies.
With over 20,000 farmers subscribed to their movement, they claim they “won’t go down without a fight.”