'Convoy of tractors blockading Dublin would be counterproductive'


"All parties arrived in good faith yesterday morning only to have the rug pulled from under their feet by the processors"

'Convoy of tractors blockading Dublin would be counterproductive'

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"All parties arrived in good faith yesterday morning only to have the rug pulled from under their feet by the processors"

A suggestion has been put forward by a number of independent farmers on the factory gates to organise a tractor blockade culminating in Dublin.

A spokesperson for the Independent Farmers of Ireland said this is an indication of the "widespread frustration" felt among members of the farming community after "the withdrawal" of Meat Industry Ireland from talks on Backweston yesterday.

"All parties arrived in good faith yesterday morning only to have the rug pulled from under their feet by the processors."

"Minister Creed has called for calm and appealed for Meat Industry Ireland to return to the negotiating table. His position is clear - he cannot compel any business to attend against their will."

"He can merely recommend but he has emphasised how important this is."

'Counterproductive'

Alison De Vere Hunt, Maggie Delahunty and Ger Gough - 3 spokespeople for the Independent Farmers of Ireland - met Minister Creed last week and Chairman Michael Dowling twice yesterday in relation to attending roundtable talks.

"Everyone agreed that this was necessary to provide transparency for all concerned."

"It appeared yesterday morning that the groundwork had been laid to allow for a successful meeting; however, MII’s actions have blindsided all the farming organisations and the work they have put in to try and bring this crisis to a close."

The groups feels a convoy of tractors blockading Dublin and "upsetting the general public in their day-to-day activities at this crucial time would be counterproductive".

"This is the widespread feeling among the majority of peaceful protestors."

"However if people feel they need to proceed in this manner, it will be individuals acting on their own initiative rather than any group."

"Much work is being done behind the scenes to restart the talks in order to save the industry that has proved so invaluable to Ireland. Hopefully, the next few days will make this clear to all concerned."

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