Two protesters have “threatened to block the gates of Backweston” ahead of beef talks, which are set to take place today (Monday, September 9th), according to RTÉ's agriculture and consumer affairs correspondent, Fran McNulty.
It has been reported that two tractors have been parked outside the Backweston Campus.
Independent Farmers of Ireland – which was formed to represent farmers who are protesting outside meat processing plants across the country - has said it must attend today’s discussions.
The group democratically elected three national representatives who are “able to sit at the negotiating table with the full backing of all protesters and facilitate any proposal that is reached”.
Independent Farmers of Ireland has stated that the original goal of its series of protests is “the survival of the sustainable Irish family farm”.
Meanwhile, IFA President Joe Healy – who led a delegation to meet with the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission last Friday – has said that the CCPC “put no impediment to cattle prices being discussed at the beef crisis talks”.
“Our own legal advice is that under current EU and Irish legislation, prices can be discussed at the meeting.”
“When we attend the talks, we will be making price an issue; farmers cannot survive at prices below the cost of production.” he added.
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