Louth TD and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams today joined the Louth Irish Farmers Association as they gathered at the Department of Agriculture to highlight their anger about cuts to beef prices paid to them in recent months.
They were among several thousand farmers who participated in the protest.
Teachta Adams said:
“Government policy is imposing significant hardship on farming families and communities.
“Its Food Harvest 2020 plan is failing to get to grips with the financial loss to farmers who, this year, risk losing up to €175m if beef prices are not restored. Currently beef and cow prices are down between €180 and €200 a head. This is not sustainable.
There is a responsibility on the government to protect beef farmers. Specifically, the government needs to reject the factory cuts and specification changes. It should also move speedily to tackle the live export and labelling issues.”