‘The Minister is again calling on the Beef Plan Movement to take up the invitation to enter into talks’
A round table discussion regarding the current market difficulties involving all stakeholders including Minister Creed, farm organisations, representatives of the beef processing sector, Meat Industry Ireland, the Department and its agencies has been offered to the Beef Plan Movement.
That’s according to a spokesperson for Minister Creed who, this morning, said: “The Minister deeply regrets that efforts by his office to reach out to the Beef Plan Movement to enter a process of dialogue and to temporarily suspend their protests has been rejected.”
“In light of the announcement of lay-offs in the meat processing sector, the difficult income situation facing farmers with livestock for slaughter and on animal welfare grounds, the Minister is again calling on the Beef Plan Movement to reflect on its position and to take up the invitation to enter into talks.” the spokesperson concluded.
In a statement on Twitter, Beef Plan said: "It's regrettable that @creedcnw has taken the same position as Meat Industry Ireland on a meeting taking place with preconditions attached. @ibec_irl."
"A further example of no level playing field in our beef industry."
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