The Independent Farmers of Ireland has, this afternoon, said that as of today (Friday, September 20th), “six factories no longer hold an effective protest”.
Numerous others are holding meetings or internal discussions over the next 24 hours on how to proceed, according to the group.
In a statement, the Independent Farmers of Ireland said: “The urgency; however, in this situation is that this proposal is not indefinite, decisions must be made whether to accept what we have achieved and build on it, or let it fall by the wayside.”
“We then return to the situation we had 8 weeks ago when the initial protest began, with the added problem of a backlog of over 100,000 cattle to be killed alongside the normal autumn rush.”
“Effectively, it could take months to clear this backlog, which could affect the pre-Christmas market. Every day lost adds to this problem. Cattle need to be killed, farmers need to be paid, and they need to pay bills.”
The group said that if it accepts the deal, protests will simply be withdrawn, and it can “monitor the situation as it unfolds over the coming months”.
“These are very hard decisions for every person who stood outside a factory gate for the last eight weeks but, we have achieved much in this time and do we really need to jeopardise it at this stage?”
“Democracy must rule in this situation and the view of the majority must be respected as mutual regard is what has gotten us this far.” the statement concluded.