The first meeting of the Beef Market Taskforce was suspended yesterday (Monday, October 14th), due to a protest outside Agriculture House.
Members of Meat Industry Ireland were prevented from entering the building.
Farmers gathered at Agricultural House to voice their frustration at the legal threat of injunctions are remaining over a number of farmers involved in the recent beef protests.
In a statement on Monday, October 14th, C&D Foods said: “C & D Foods has invested tens of millions in euros over the last decade in securing hundreds of jobs in the Edgeworthstown area in Co. Longford.”
The spokesperson said that ABP invested in C & D Foods soon after the business was “nearly destroyed” by a fire in 2006.
“The recent illegal blockades hugely disrupted the facility, staff were intimidated, and C & D Foods was forced to lay-off 187 employees and put another 425 jobs in jeopardy.”
The spokesperson outlined that C&D Foods produces 14 million units of pet food each week and “does not buy or process cattle”.
“A local Fine Gael councillor, Pauric Brady, and Colm Leonard, a carpenter, maintained a blockade at the facility, stopped trucks entering and leaving the facility, damaged exports and damaged customer relationships,” the statement said.
“C & D Foods is financed and managed separately and independently from ABP. C&D Foods is not a member of MII,” the statement concluded.