Re-importation of Irish beef “a bridge too far” - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal Martin Kenny today welcomed the news that Agriculture Minister Michael Creed will convene talks on the ongoing beef crisis on Monday.
Deputy Kenny said:
“This is a welcome move by the Minister. This crisis has now reached the stage where processors, with the collaboration of An Bord Bia, are re-importing Irish beef which had been exported there and processed there, to supermarkets here in Ireland.
“This is a bad precedent, allowing the added value on Irish meat to be taken out of this economy. Although this is a crisis situation and there have been warnings that beef could become scarce here, it is not an ongoing situation and the implementation of measures to remove this economic activity from Ireland is a bridge too far.
“Minister Creed should remember that he is in that position to defend Irish agriculture, not to pander to the processors, no matter how big or powerful they are.
"This re-importation of Irish beef from England should not be allowed to continue and every effort should be made to resolve the current crisis without resort to such measures which work against the beef sector here.”