Beef Market Taskforce

  • The Irish Farmers Association says processors and retailers must increase the price of beef paid to farmers.

    It's calling on the Agriculture Minister to hold an immediate meeting of the Beef Market Taskforce to hold them to account.

    It says the Bord Bia price index shows Irish prices for beef are now behind the European and UK prices.

    Galway based IFA President Joe Healy says farmers may blockade retail distribution centres again, depending on what happens at the meeting.

  • As the farmers protest continues in the capital, a Roscommon TD is calling for the Beef Market Taskforce to be reconvened, as a matter of urgency.

    Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice is calling on the chair of the taskforce Michael Dowling and the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to resolve the issues which are preventing the taskforce from meeting.

    Given the extent to which Irish beef is being promoted globally to attract new markets, Deputy Fitzmaurice says it's imperative that all stakeholders are brought back to the table, and for that to happen, all injunctions against farmers need to be lifted.

     

  • The Beef Market Taskforce is to meet this morning.

    It was due to meet in October but was called off due to protests, while last week hundreds of farmers took to the streets of Dublin - grinding parts of the city centre to a halt.

    Farmers and representatives of the beef industry are expected to meet today to discuss the ongoing issues regarding the price of the meat.

    It's due to begin at 9am.