Protests are continuing outside “the majority” of beef processing plants across the country, according to the Independent Farmers of Ireland.
In a statement – which was released this morning - it said: “We have worked tirelessly in order to gain seats on behalf of the independent farmers of Ireland at the round-table but as of yet, an official invitation has not been issued.”
Three representatives have been invited to “present their case for a seat” to chairperson, Michael Dowling later this morning.
“Minister Creed has always maintained that the peaceful protests must leave the factory gates for talks to begin; however, in any meeting heed with the Minster, the spokespeople have cleared stated that the men and women around the country would not leave the gates until talks concluded successfully.”
“Indeed, it is believed that farmers are actively protesting to ensure the spokespeople are seated at the round-table.”
“Meetings were held with all relevant organisations as well as the Minister. All the points agreed in Laois were highlighted to ensure that these are all discussed in detail and that the farmer’s voice is heard.”
“All the key requirements for meaningful change in the Irish beef industry were clearly outlined and a general understanding of what was required was reached.”
“These meetings were considered successful as the message from farmers at the gates was delivered clearly and all parties understood what was being asked.”
'Hunger for meaningful change'
The Independent Farmers of Ireland said that it awaits the outcome of these talks and hopes that "all farm organisations will deliver the same key points".
“Irish beef farmers have been in the dark for too long and this situation cannot continue; the hunger for meaningful change is real.” the statement concluded.