Beef Plan Movement has said it disappointed and frustrated by the position adopted by Minister Creed and Meat Industry Ireland (MII), in that a precondition of suspending the protest is required subject to him meeting with the group.
Beef Plan Movement’s Eoin Donnelly said: “The precondition that protests must be called off to allow talks to happen is not something that we’re prepared to accept and in fact, we have made this clear from the outset."
“The threat of legal action from large wealthy international corporations does not bode well for their own corporate social responsibility and reputation.”
13 policy and technical issue points
Beef Plan extended an invitation to Minister Creed for him to review the 13 policy and technical issue points highlighted so that he can confirm what lies within his legal remit to discuss.
“This was sent in clear knowledge that he is not to discuss price per kg with us at any time.”
“Our agenda is clear; we simply want to meet to discuss the 13 points raised. He has declined without a precondition which is regrettable.”
With reference to the protected closures issued by factories, Beef Plan consider “that to be unfortunate for all concerned, but it is nonetheless a HR matter for factory management”.
Beef Plan farmers have repeatedly told the Government that rural Ireland is heavily dependent on beef farmers and factory personnel “need to manage volatility in the market better, to ensure a sustainable future for farmers and all relevant stakeholders”
“Pushing down the price of beef is foolhardy and detrimental to our industry.”
Finally, as a matter of urgency, the Beef Plan is calling on Minister Creed to enact the current EU directive on unfair practices into Irish legislation