The Minister for Agriculture Food & the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has confirmed that the Beef Plan Movement and Meat Industry Ireland (MII) have accepted his compromise proposals aimed at breaking the ongoing impasse between the two parties.
All protests at meat processing plants and legal proceedings are to be suspended with immediate effect until the agreed talks have concluded.
A meeting will be held on Monday, August 12th involving both MII and the Beef Plan Movement and also including representatives from the farm organisations, the Department and its agencies.
The Minister will appoint an independent Chairperson who will preside over an agreed agenda.
Speaking following the announcement, a spokesperson for MII said: “These protests had brought beef processing to a virtual standstill in the country, causing significant disruption in the beef trade and also led to temporary staff layoffs.”
“Real damage has been done to domestic and export business as a result of these protests and it is high time for the sector to get back to business.”
“Processing needs to take place if we are to avoid losing more customers for Irish beef and lamb.” the spokesperson concluded.