Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has said that while it recognises the right of individuals to protest, it “cannot continue to engage with the talks process until all illegal blockades are lifted”.
The MII delegation has adjourned its participation in the talks and has expressed frustration at the “refusal of protesters to respond to the Minister’s call to step back from blockading”.
“During an initial engagement with the independent chair and government officials, MII communicated that protesters had failed to step back from factory gate blockades and had instead intensified these illegal blockades.”
MII stated that it requested the Minister and independent chairman to use their "best endeavours to have blockades lifted to enable talks".
“For its part, MII member companies have given an undertaking that legal actions will be deferred to enable talks to proceed.” the “statement outlined.
“The extent of the continued illegal blockading has placed factory employees in peril of layoffs, and prevented beef farmers from having their factory-ready cattle processed.”
“Furthermore, the blockades have put in jeopardy national and international customers of Irish beef.”