The Independent Farmers of Ireland has called on Minister Creed to issue a public statement “in the interest of transparency" and to "treat the peacefully protesting Independent farmers of Ireland with a degree of respect and not disdain”.
On Wednesday, (September 11th), the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine attempted to restart beef talks with a series of meetings with various farming organisations.
In a statement, the Independent Farmers of Ireland said that “no attempt has been made to communicate with the people most affected by this dispute.”
“The peaceful protesters at the factory gates throughout the country have been ignored and once again it seems that the farmers must do as they are told unquestioningly.”
“Therefore, we feel it is necessary once again to ask Minister Creed to clarify the situation, what has been discussed, what has been decided and where do the peaceful protesters fit into this plan?”
“This would seem to be a basic courtesy that should be afforded to the 80,000 beef farmers being driven out of business by the beef industries excessive profiteering.”
The Independent Farmers of Ireland reiterated that it has always been of that the view that this “prolonged dispute is of no use to the farmers, processors or the factory workers and needs to be brought to a successful conclusion for all concerned as quickly as possible”.
They outlined that all farming organisations that were invited to talks yesterday took part in the previous round of talks which "lacked any positive outcome".
“It should be very clear from the last failed talks that a lack of transparency and respect for people’s opinions can only lead to more chaos.”
“The Minister is aware of the efforts being made by all parties to restart these talks and bring an end to this stalemate.”
“He will always have his state pension, but it is our future, our children’s future and the future of rural Ireland that he is jeopardising.” the statement concluded.