First meeting of Beef Market Taskforce postponed

Dermot O'Brien from Firies, of the Beef Plan Movement

The first meeting of the Beef Market Taskforce has been postponed – after chaotic scenes outside the Department of Agriculture.

The talks were due to take place following an agreement between the sides over the dispute which led to blockades outside dozens of meat factories.

There were angry scenes outside the Department of Agriculture in Dublin this morning.

Some farmers jeered and shoved representatives from Meat Industry Ireland who were trying to get into the building.

After the scuffle, which lasted around 10 minutes, MII’s Cormac Healy left without gaining access.

But farmers dispute that – and that’s why they didn’t want today’s meeting of the Beef Market Taskforce to go ahead:

The planned talks – which were due to discuss issues such as the prices farmers get for their cattle – have now been postponed.

Dermot O’Brien from Firies is from the Beef Plan Movement: