“At the end of the day, and the Minister of State himself knows this, if producing a kilogram of beef does not make a profit, that situation will not be able to continue into the future,” stressed Michael Healy-Rae during a Dáil debate on Wednesday, November 27th.
“What is going on now is not sustainable. I have said this before, and I will say it again: everybody is making money out of beef, except the people who produce it.”
“That is neither fair nor right, and the killer is that the Minister of State knows it.”
“The Government should be seen to be fighting for our farmers instead of having a Taoiseach who stood up here one day and shamefully and disgracefully said he would cut back on his beef consumption,” Healy-Rae added.
There is, the independent TD said, blackguarding going on with regard to the labelling of beef, pork and many other products, which are being “misrepresented given there is false labelling, which should not be allowed”.