Beef protests

Tipperary TD has Dáil motion to resume talks to end beef protests passed

Jackie Cahill says discussion the 'only way forward'

Tipperary Star reporter


Tipperary Star reporter


Tipperary TD has Dáil motion to resume talks to end beef protests passed

Deputy Jackie Cahill: the only way forward to end the beef protests is through discussion

Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill had a motion for talks to break the impasse in the beef protests affecting meat plants around the country passed unanimously in the Dáil this week.

The Thurles-based TD's proposal, for immediate roundtable discussions on the beef crisis to recommence was passed at a special meeting of the Dáil Agriculture Committee, of which he is vice-chair.

The Fianna Fáil deputy is the party's Food and Horticulture spokesperson.

The motion was that the Minister and discussions facilitator Michael Dowling attend the committee to give a detailed progress report; all stakeholders to be immediately invited to a new round of discussions; the processors to immediately indicate that the 30-month rule, the four-movement rule and the 60-day residency rule be on the table for negotiation; the processors to immediately remove all legal threats to the beef producer; the Minister to immediately reactivate the EU crisis fund.

The proposal was unanimously passed.

Deputy Cahill said that discussion was the only way forward and and until such time as a fair and equitable deal was put before the primary producer, no progress will be made.