Donegal farms march on Dublin

Hundreds of Donegal farmers are joining in today’s planned “Day of Action” protest in Dublin.

Hundreds of Donegal farmers are joining in today’s planned “Day of Action” protest in Dublin.

Five full coach loads of protesters from all around the county left Donegal this morning to join with an estimated 10,000 farmers protesting at cuts against the sector by the Government.

Many other Donegal farmers area expected to travel to today’s march independently.

Speaking on route to the capital today, Donegal IFA Chairman PJ McMonagle said he was “delighted” with the large Donegal turn out for the protest action.

“We have five buses on the road today, which is a great turnout and we are delighted with that. There are plenty other car loads on the way up as well,” PJ stated.

The huge march was organised called to highlight concerns about planned reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy and the upcoming budget. It will also highlight the margins being taken by supermarket chains at the expense of Irish farmers.

IFA president John Bryan said there was strong support for the march and bus loads of people from all over the State would close their farms to come to Dublin. He added the vast majority of dairy co-ops, beef, lamb, pig and poultry processors, grain merchants and livestock marts would not accept farm produce today in a show of solidarity with the protesters.

See this Thursday’s Donegal Democrat paper for a full report from the protest.