Following recent protest outside Irish meat processing factories in a row over prices paid to beef farmers, a local IFA spokeman says they are now concentrating on negotiating better terms with the factories and further protest action is unlikely in the short term.
Donegal Irish Farmers’ Association Chairman PJ McMonagle says there has been a little movement on the price of beef and they are now working on securing increases through talks with the sector.
Mr McMonagle stated: “We had three national council within ten days in the IFA and a lot of people did want to go back out to the street again but we felt the best thing was to suspend the protest in the meantime and try and negotiate with the factories and get the price lifted that way, and if they didn’t co-operate then the street was always there for us again, the option is always there. What has happened is that through the beef forum we got lines of communication opened to them in the factories on things like the weight of animals, the specification needed, and that is now going to be negotiate over the next few months to get it back to where it was a year of 18 months ago. At the end of the day even though we protested we still have to go back and talk to them at the end of the day.”