Kerry Beef Plan rep says processors may be willing to withdraw legal threats

The Chair of the South West Committee of the Beef Plan Movement believes that legal threats may be removed from it and its officers.

Talks are due to resume next Monday between the Minister, farming organisations and Meat Industry Ireland in a bid to resolve the beef dispute that has been ongoing for two months.

Chair of the South West and Kerry committees of Beef Plan Dermot O’Brien is a farmer in Firies.

He says it is vital to get everyone, including retailers, back around the talks table to bring about a positive outcome for the beef sector, which is vital to rural Ireland.

Mr O’Brien says the talks must focus on price transparency and movement and age restrictions on cattle.

He told Jerry O’Sullivan although the matter is still in deadlock, he believes we are at the beginning of change in the sector: