• Court injunctions against two beef farmers for protesting outside a pet food company in Co Longford are to be struck out.

    C&D Petfoods had brought the action against Fine Gael Cllr Paraic Brady and local carpenter Colm Leonard after its plant in Edgeworthstown was blockaded in September during the dispute over beef prices.

    The disruption led to the company temporarily laying off 187 of its employees.

    The Beef Plan Movement had said it would not attend any meetings of the Beef Market Taskforce until the two injunctions were lifted, but say they are now prepared to meet as soon as tomorrow.



  • Injunction proceedings by Dawn Meats and Liffey Meats against a number of named and unnamed protesters have been struck out.

    The request to strike out was made by lawyers for the meat companies at the High Court this morning.

    Lawyers for Dawn Meats and Liffey Meats asked the court to strike out the proceedings, which were aimed at preventing blockades at a number of meat processing plants around the country.

    Earlier this week, Dawn Meats had been granted leave of the High Court to bring a number of protesters before the court for alleged breach of court orders.

    However when the case was called this morning, the court heard that some talks had taken place and the case could be struck out.

    Meanwhile, farmers protesting outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis intend to stay put, ahead of the resumption of talks on the beef crisis next Monday.

    The Agriculture Minister announced yesterday that he will facilitate the talks, involving the same stakeholders as the last round of talks - however, the retailers will not be present on Monday.